Workshop for Pastors both Interim and Settled
Monday, October 29, 2018
9:30am – 3:45pm
at Dublin Community Church UCC, 81 West Bridge St., Dublin, Ohio
Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
(Building on Assets Rather Than Fixing the Deficits/Problems)
Appreciative Inquiry focuses on the gifts and assets we already have as a community and how we can use them for the future. It does not focus on what are perceived as problems or where we feel depleted. The more we focus on those things, the more stuck we are in the past and with our problems. A critical transition in using AI is called Positive Framing or Flipping. We find it hard not to begin with a list of complaints and problems. Our thought process is stuck in that mode. So we are encouraged to begin in a creative and asset mode, but if we can't, we "flip." We name the problem or complaint, or the negative results and impacts of our past. Then we rename it in a positive opposite way from the problem/complaint/negative way. We talk about what we want more of rather than about what we don't have enough of. Then we imagine the positive impact of the flip. We start talking about the desired results and impact of the new "frame" we have created in ourselves for our future.
Led by The Rev. David Loar
David has served congregations in the UCC for 38 years until his retirement in 2014. He served a DoC/UCC congregation previously and since November, 2017 is serving as interim/transitional pastor at Pilgrim Christian Church (DoC/UCC) in Chardon, Ohio. He received facilitator training for Appreciative Inquiry in February, 2018.
3-Day Basic Interim Ministry Training
May 8-10, 2018
at Camp Christian
3-DayTraining for UCC & DOC Pastors wanting to serve as Interim Ministers in Ohio
This Training will help participants learn about:
- The five developmental tasks of interim ministry
- The five process tasks for interim ministers
- Discerning the call to serve as an interim minister
- The ethics of interim ministry
- How to start and finish interims
- Working with the denominational judicatory while serving as an interim
- Helping the members of a congregation solve their problems without feeling the interim pastor has to solve the problems singlehandedly
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is for any pastor (Disciples of Christ or United Church of Christ) interested in serving as an interim minister in Ohio. The period of transition that occurs while a congregation searches for a settled pastor can be an especially fruitful time. It is during this time that the church has an important opportunity to do the work of reevaluating, refocusing, healing, and “cleaning up.” The interim time is much more than just a period of biding time; it is a time of making valuable preparations that can strengthen the church’s ministry for many years to come. If you have an interest in helping congregations in transition, this workshop can be your first step in developing that ministry.
These Training Events are Sponsored by the Interim Ministry Working Group
The Interim Ministry Working Group is a ministry of both the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ). Our purpose is to lift up a vision of Interim Ministry and its value for vital congregational life. We are charged with supporting Interim Ministry and Interim Ministers within our two denominations. Among other things, we provide regular training events and administer the Rezash Fund which financially supports the work of interim ministry in Ohio.