Leading congregations forward into significant, proactive, mission-congruent change is at the heart of effective pastoral and lay ministry in this Postmodern Era. We long for the day when our churches are agile and nimble, able to adjust quickly to contextual circumstances while remaining faithful to the gospel. We want to lead congregations toward relevance in a world who often seems not to care. Our congregations themselves want to adapt to the world in which we find ourselves, extending Christ’s love while being authentic and genuine participants in God’s movement in our world.
After years of leading churches, consulting, coaching clergy, and otherwise engaging the Christian Movement, Mark Tidsworth writes Farming Church for those helping congregations adapt to the world in which we now live. Farming Church describes the growth environment for change, along with seven key cultivation practices which form the ecosystem for congregational development.
This Farming Church learning experience focuses on these topics:
• Describing the congregational ecosystem
• Learning Adaptive Change theory and practice
• Eliminating the obstacles to change
• Avoiding false starts while leading change
• Increasing readiness: raising the congregational readiness quotient
• Introduction to the Readiness Indicator: Online inventory assessing readiness for adaptive change
• Learning the seven key practices of Farming Church for increasing adaptive capacity
• The leadership roles of clergy and lay leaders in cultivating change
• Initiating and leading change cultivation ministry in your context
Participants will engage presentations, small group debriefings, videos, individual reflection, and dialogue in this interactive learning experience.