Join Dr. Gary Simmons for one of his upcoming leadership workshops. In these events, Gary presents key findings from his Integral Model of Ministry as well as key successes from The Transformation Experience pilot project.
The Integral Model of Ministry—A Whole-System Approach to Ministry Growth & Development
The Integral Model of Ministry is a new paradigm of organization that utilizes a whole-system approach to engaging the personal praise of world-renowned integral theorist and philosopher Ken Wilber, Dr. Gary Simmons presents an overview of the model and how it moves beyond the 400-year-old Pastor/Flock model. This module provides a clear framework for understanding how common ministry related issues are not so much problems to solve, but evolutionary drivers that need to be leveraged. Participants will learn about ways to affect cultural and system change that can lead to greater ownership and accountability.
The Ownership Project—Managing the Receivership/Ownership Polarity for Financial Sustainability
Church organizations have both a culture of receivership and a culture of ownership. In general, the culture of ownership is comprised of the 20% of the congregation that provides 80% of the financial resources needed to sustain the ministry. This means that the majority of the congregation, the culture of receivership, provides 20% of the needed funds. Typically, the ministry leaders are not accustomed to differentiating the giving patterns between these two distinct cultures within the ministry. In fact, at times of financial challenge the tendency is to try to increase attendance as a strategy for increasing financial support.
This strategy only increases the culture of receivership, resulting in greater expense, not managing the receivership/ownership polarity is essential to creating thriving, coherent and integral spiritual communities. The Ownership Project module presents effective strategies that translate into immediate shifts in giving patterns within the ministry. It exposes common myths held by ministry leaders about how to best deal with financial stress and provides a clear road map to sustainable ministry.
Integral Membership System
This module explores the benefits and challenges of implementing a graduated membership system that is designed to intentionally cultivate greater ownership of the ministry. It looks at a phased approach to seamlessly moving an individual from first-timer to governing member over time. Participants will learn about Bylaws changes and implementation strategies integral to bring online this enhanced membership process.
SpiritGroups Small Group Ministry
This module focuses on SpiritGroups.org, a small group ministry program created by Unity.fm’s brainchild and former director, Mendhi Audlin, L.U.T. She has studied the phenomenal success of the three largest churches in the U.S. and how their focus on small group ministry is transforming lives. While small group ministry is not a new concept, SpiritGroups is a powerful approach to small group ministry that prevents the creation of independent sub-cultures that can sometimes become problematic if not accountable to or aligned with the ministry's mission. Her program is affordable, scalable, and turnkey.
The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing & No One Against You / Q Process Workshop—Intro to Shadow Work
This workshop integrates spiritual principles, quantum science, and brain research into a systematic methodology for engaging shadow work. It gives workshop participants a glimpse into the future where the entire congregation practices living with nothing and no one against them. The workshop includes experiential exercises that map participants’ shadow qualities and corresponding patterns; media clips that illustrate the mechanics of perception, meaning making, reality construction and other topics integral to a coherent understanding of the 21-day Q Process process. As an entire spiritual community acquires this practice and as it becomes a coherent part of the church culture, several extraordinary things happen:
- Individuals learn how to take ownership of their personal issues and how to refrain from making others responsible for their emotional state.
- People learn how to process discomfort in healthy ways.
- There is a dramatic reduction in blame, triangulation and relationship difficulties.
- People become accountable for how they are showing up.
- Chronic complainers learn how to take responsibility for their“stuff”or move on.
- The art and practice of living with nothing and no one against them becomes the “new normal” for the entire ministry.