The way back to sustainable churches

The way back to sustainable churches

Last week I wrote a blog entry about some parallels I saw between sustainable farming and healthy ministry practices. I was surprised by how many similarities I found. If you missed last week’s blog, check it out here. Another parallel I discovered was in the history...
Sustainability — in farming and in ministry

Sustainability — in farming and in ministry

I often take long bike rides through the agricultural regions around Santa Rosa. The vineyards are beautiful, and I’ve noticed frequent signs stating, “This is a sustainable farm.” Not having farming roots myself, I wasn’t sure exactly what sustainable farming...
Reaching consensus: Affinity exercise

Reaching consensus: Affinity exercise

After engaging in listening prayer, identifying core behaviors, and sorting them into categories, it’s time for your team to begin reaching consensus on what your core values are. I find the affinity exercise helpful for this purpose. It allows all people to have an...
Reverse engineering into categories: The bin sort

Reverse engineering into categories: The bin sort

After the team has brainstormed a long list of behaviors affirmed and practiced by the community, it’s time to reverse engineer those behaviors into value categories. I like to use the bin sort exercise. Each behavior is written on an index card. Looking at the list...
Identifying core behaviors

Identifying core behaviors

To help facilitate the identification of core values, it can be helpful to start with behaviors and then work backwards. This process results in actual values rather than desired values. Actual values are those lived out in behaviors, while desired values are those...