Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement

I am spending my day in Wichita at a professional development experience – Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement. It provided by the Disney Institute and hosted by the Wichita Independent Business Association.

The concepts planned for the day, include:

  • Fostering a Workplace Culture
  • Selecting the Right-Fit Talent
  • Training the Culture
  • Communicating to Inform & Inspire
  • Creating a Caring Environment

I am interested to see how these concepts apply to Berryton United Methodist Church and the Great Plains Annual Conference. The engagement level of the current congregation today is evident to people who may visit the congregation for the first time. Engagement also makes a difference in how readily someone is to share with others about their experience with God and the local church. I am looking forward to more today and will be paying attention to how we can make progress in congregational engagement.

Highly Functioning Teams

A couple weeks ago, I traveled to Houston for continuing education focused on highly functioning teams. It was part of the Advancing Pastoral Leadership program that I have been part of for several years. We had the opportunity to hear from leaders from Chick-fil-A, NASA, and Chapelwood UMC. It was an excellent learning opportunity and there was much that I found valuable. Here are just a few quotes that were significant for me:

  • “Don’t coast.” – Janice Virtue
  • “Just because you are a good leader doesn’t mean you are good at leading people.” – Kate Potter
  • “No one is smart enough to run everything.” – Wayne Hale
  • “All great projects, halfway through, look like a disaster.” – Wayne Hale
  • “There is no perfect solution” – Wayne Hale
  • “If you want everyone to be on the same page, there has to be a page.” – Bob Johnson

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and continue to develop my leadership abilities to serve the congregation and community.

The Leadership Summit 2009

We received information about Church of the Resurrection being a host site for The Leadership Summit 2009 on August 6 and 7. This is a live video presentation from Willow Creek that provides excellent leadership teaching.

I had not heard of this opportunity before being appointed here and have really enjoyed it each year. There is likely a site near you and I commend it as an opportunity to refresh and renew yourself as a leader.

Check out the website here.

Clinical Pastoral Education – Over Half Way

This week I moved over the half way point in my unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. It has been an excellent learning opportunity throughout and I am looking forward to the ways that I will continue to learn about myself, others and interpersonal interactions.

Graduation is April 27.

95 days to go.

The Methodist Movement: Revival not Survival

Today through Thursday I am at the 2009 Kansas Area Seminar for Professional Ministry this year with the theme – The Methodist Movement: Revival not Survival. You can download a PDF with more information about the event here. I am grateful for the opportunity to take time a way for renewal and learning. I will be taking notes and publishing them live in a Google Document. You can check it out throughout my time here and afterward at http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=d3ggnsj_382dkbpsqc7

I am starting out in the session with Randy Maddox and will be in session with Scott Jones tomorrow. If you have any questions that you would like for me to ask Maddox or Jones, leave them on a comment and I will try to get them in. Enjoy!

Clinical Pastoral Education

I am currently taking Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Saint Luke’s Hospital. I have received a lot of questions about it and wanted to take the opportunity to respond here.

What is CPE?

I would first commend a great wikipedia entry on clinical pastoral education to get an idea of the overall program design. Here is my take – CPE is an opportunity to learn more about myself and how I operate in a group through self-reflection and awareness of my own emotions and emotional interactions in a group. This takes place with service as a hospital chaplain being the arena in which experiences are gained.

Why are you taking CPE?

I am taking it for two reasons. First, it is for me to be ordained in the Kansas West Conference (I am a probationary member of Kansas West, serving in Kansas East. If you are interested in more about that, just ask. If you don’t know what I am talking about – no worries.) Second, I believe that CPE offers a great opportunity to address a growing edge in my professional development – being aware of my own emotions, those of others and how that affects ministry.

What are the requirements?

I am a part of the extended unit which has the following requirements, as detailed at the website.

The extended unit is thirty weeks, 14 hours-per-week, from mid-September through mid-April. It is open to seminarians, clergy seeking continuing education, and qualified lay persons. Six hours are fixed for the formal teaching program, eight hours are flexible to fit the student’s individual schedule.

Program Requirements:

  • Provide pastoral and spiritual care to patients as assigned.
  • Share emergency call duty with staff and peers.
  • Participate in all educational sessions including verbatims seminars, patient care conferences, covenant groups, didactic seminars, role play seminars, and individual supervision.
  • Written requirements include: a learning agreement, verbatims, reflection reports, and a final evaluation.

The teaching program is class time on Monday afternoons and the eight hours is clinical time in the hospital visiting on the floor to which I have been assigned.

I have great flexibility at Resurrection to be able to fulfill the requirements for CPE, but have the same responsibilities at Resurrection during this time. It has been a really great experience so far and I am looking forward to continuing to learn about myself and improve my pastoral skills.

Just 190 days to go. But who’s counting? 😉

Live Notes from Probationers’ Seminar

I am at a continuing education retreat this morning and having a good time thus far. You can read more about it here – Integrating the Variegated Life of Theology and Ministry

I am taking notes and you can check them out here – http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=d3ggnsj_185hfss5ff2

They will be udpated throughout the conference.