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Have you noticed planning can have an elusive nature? Leaders occasionally make wise decisions on the spot out of necessity and intuition more often than we realize. These decisions are based on strategies occurring by accident or circumstance.

 

Planning, of course, is only one dimension of the ministry of administration. Administration has gotten a bum rap as nothing more than pushing paper. Administration is often the very spine of a church or organization. Do you need help with admin?

 

80) ESCAPING THE SURVIVAL TRAP

Will we make it? Feels like we’re in a fog! Nothing has real meaning. We’re all on a different page. Indecision. Stalemate. Tension. Funding problems. What to do first?! It can be hard to believe survival mode is a choice. Usually we only leave survival mode when we realize the liabilities outweigh the benefits. Discover how you or your church or your ministry can escape survival and start on a path to thriving. It’s your choice!

 

81) PARADIGM SHIFT: TAKING THE LEAP (THEOLOGY AND THEORY)

Is this a sketch of Mabel or Marsha? How can two people look at the same situation and see two entirely different realities? It’s time to take a fresh look at survival. Survival only works for so long. It’s so easy and comfortable to operate the way we’ve always done things. We can think differently about reality by a look at paradigm shifts. God can help you effectively lead your ministry or organization through a paradigm shift.
 

 

82) PARADIGM SHIFT: PRACTICALITY AND PRACTISE

God and the Bible never change, but our world is constantly changing. This makes changes in our lives, our church or our ministries inevitable. But it’s not the changes that do us in. It’s the transitions. Change is situational. Transitions are psychological. Getting people through the transition is essential if the change is going to work as planned. This workshop guides participants in comprehending and appreciating several basic practicalities of the paradigm shifts you likely need to make.

 

83) MASTERPLANNING YOUR LIFE

Are you the type that invests more time and effort planning your Christmas or vacation than planning your life? Or maybe you’re getting tired of chasing skinny rabbits. So, what is your specific life purpose? Are the pieces of your life hard to put together? This workshop offers a grid through which you can begin to strategically master-plan your life in strong alignment with God’s plans.

 

84) MASTERPLANNING YOUR CHURCH OR ORGANIZATION

Planning is a paradoxical process. It looks toward the future, yet tends to be grounded in the past. It’s fundamentally about change, yet in and of itself it changes nothing. It tries to respond to anticipated future events, yet also contributes to future events. This discussion offers a biblical model of discerning a comprehensive strategic master-plan for your church or organization.
 

 

85) ADMINISTRATION AND EMPOWERMENT

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 11:14, Where there is no counsel, the people fall. In the language he was using he was saying, Where there is no comprehensive plan to move forward, the people will flounder. How does an organization break free from floundering? It has a lot to do with administration. Healthy administration is the backbone of any organization; it’s all about serving others with excellence. Those involved in administration operate most effectively when they’re making wise choices in their use of power and control.
 

 

86) THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL

There are three dimensions of administration required for things to function well. They are responsibility, authority, and accountability. This workshop is ideal for those responsible for managing people or tasks. Every job description (or ministry description) needs to include each leg of the stool. This model of administration is a very practical application of servanthood.
 

 

87) AVOIDING “DEATH BY MEETING”

You’ve likely said it or heard it said, “I can't get anything done because I'm always in meetings.” Perhaps it’s time for a paradigm shift on how we think about meetings. Meetings don't have to be a death walk. They can inspire, challenge, and bring difficulties out in the open to be wrestled to the ground and resolved. You and your teammates can learn to welcome and conduct meetings as an opportunity to positively impact the lives of people and change your world.
 

 

88) THE POWER OF AGREEMENT

Have you ever tried to both create and carry out a positive change effort by yourself? It can be helpful to be aware of the ownership continuum. There are at least eight phases of ownership. Leaders sometimes satisfy themselves with agreement at the endorsement or participation level, then are surprised to find limited-to-no commitment down the road. This workshop helps participants shift from an all-too-frequent shallow agreement to one that generates maximum ownership.
 

 

89) HEALTHY BOARD DYNAMICS

Describe the dynamics of your board. How do you function with respect and appreciation? How do you do intense conversations? How do you make decisions? Do you rely more on Roberts Rules of Order or on consensus? This workshop suggests twenty basic dynamics with discussion on which of these are most difficult for your board to do. With slight adjustments this workshop could be used for any team or committee or council.
 

 

90) BOARD SKILLS

One of the most frustrating dilemmas in life is to be given a responsibility without being prepared to succeed at it. This discussion combines board skills training with evaluation as you discover the twenty-five skills every board should consider. Each skill is described with a Scripture verse, an explanation, and the big idea behind that specific skill.
 

 

91) THE CASE FOR GOVERNANCE

There are three types of boards. An advisory board only offers advice with no controlling interest (hands-off). A managing board makes a steady stream of management decisions, occasionally making policy and delegating (hands-on). A governance board assumes total authority, responsibility and accountability for the direction of the organization (hands-off means, hands-on ends). This workshop shows the servant nature of governing well and offers guidance on shifting from managing to governing.

 

92) WRITING BYLAWS FOR NON-PROFIT

Bylaws are the ruling documents of your organization’s  board of directors. They tell the board how to conduct its business, how power will be managed, and how respect will be maintained. Since bylaws are legal documents and thus differ between regions, an attorney or other professional will need to be consulted before officially registering them, but this workshop offers a template to get you started.
 

 

93) BOARD SKILLS

One of the most frustrating dilemmas in life is to be given a responsibility without being prepared to succeed at it. This discussion combines board skills training with evaluation as you discover the twenty-five skills every board should consider. Each skill is described with a Scripture verse, an explanation, and the big idea behind that specific skill.

 

94) THE CASE FOR GOVERNANCE

There are three types of boards. An advisory board only offers advice with no controlling interest (hands-off). A managing board makes a steady stream of management decisions, occasionally making policy and delegating (hands-on). A governance board assumes total authority, responsibility and accountability for the direction of the organization (hands-off means, hands-on ends). This workshop shows the servant nature of governing well and offers guidance on shifting from managing to governing.
 

 

95) WRITING BYLAWS FOR NON-PROFIT

Bylaws are the ruling documents of your organization’s  board of directors. They tell the board how to conduct its business, how power will be managed, and how respect will be maintained. Since bylaws are legal documents and thus differ between regions, an attorney or other professional will need to be consulted before officially registering them, but this workshop offers a template to get you started.