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Title: The Nehemiah Process


1
The Nehemiah Process
  • Province IV
  • Leadership Marks for Creating Growing Vital
    Congregations
  • April 30, 2010

2
Introduction to the Nehemiah Process
  • Our Purpose is to challenge, enrich, educate,
    expand the Parishs Culture.
  • W. Edwards Deming,
  • Your system is perfectly designed to give you
    the results youre getting.
  • Our system was not enriching the diocese to the
    degree that we desired.

3
Introduction to the Nehemiah Process
  • Its a Process NOT a Program
  • Tools (Modules) will help but wont get you
    where you are called to go! This is Culture
    Change!
  • Ezra Nehemiah Prophet Strategist!
  • Ezra in Jerusalem 13 years before Nehemiah
  • Nehemiah The Strategist
  • My Ancestors - Compassion
  • Mourned Fasted - Prayed
  • Waited 4 months
  • Commissioned , letters, soldiers A Plan
  • Knew how to deal with adversity conflict

4
Nehemiah
  • I sat down and wept
  • Nehemiah 14

Passion For My People
5
Nehemiah
  • For several days I mourned and did not eat
  • Nehemiah 14

Fasted
6
Nehemiah
  • I prayed to God
  • Nehemiah 14

Prayer!
7
Nehemiah
  • One day four months later
  • Nehemiah 21

Wait!
8
Nehemiah
  • Lets rebuild the city walls
  • Nehemiah 217b

Strategy!
9
Nehemiah
  • The men of Jericho built
  • Nehemiah 32

Teams!
10
Nehemiah
  • Sanballat, Tobiah, and the peoplebecame
    angry
  • Nehemiah 47

Dealing with Conflict!
11
Nehemiah
  • Give them back their fields
  • Nehemiah 511b

Corruption Justice!
12
Nehemiah
  • After 52 days the entire wall was finished
  • Nehemiah 615

Rejoice!
13
Nehemiah
  • all the people of Israel-settled in the towns
    and cities of Judah Nehemiah 773b

The Covenant has a place!
14
Nehemiah ProcessWhat can we do?
  • Growing Healthier Parishes
  • Its not impossible or easy!
  • Like Remodeling a Kitchen
  • Takes far longer
  • Costs lots more
  • Messier than imagined
  • Renewing a Parishs Ministry Culture takes from
    5-7 years

15
Nehemiah ProcessBasic Principles!
  • Ministry is an ART FORM
  • Ministry is CONTEXTUAL
  • Ministry is SELF-Motivated

16
Nehemiah ProcessHow Does It work?
  • First,
  • It begins with the recognition that something is
    wrong that congregational life, while adequate,
    is missing something. Smith Sellon, Pathway to
    Renewal, p. 28.
  • Second,
  • No pastor, no program, no resource can make
    renewal happen. On the other hand, almost any
    pastor, program, or resource can help renewalThe
    hard part can be developing the desire. Ibid. p.
    8

17
Nehemiah ProcessHow Does It work?
  • Third,
  • Grace Prayer
  • Wanna
  • WIT

18
Nehemiah ProcessHow Does It work?
  • Fourth,
  • The Art of Staying Healthy
  • Fifth,
  • Culturally Relevant
  • Sixth,
  • We all need mentors

19
Nehemiah ProcessStructure
  • Meet Monthly 2 Two-Day Retreats
  • Time 10 am 3 pm
  • Sessions in the South North
  • 2/3rd Leaders are mandated to attend
  • Diocesan Investment Aid or Assessment Reduction
  • 1/3rd Leaders are volunteer
  • All size parish smallest to largest
  • Ethnic Diversity

20
Nehemiah ProcessStructure
  • Sessions are interactive workshops on a variety
    of relevant topics.
  • Process requires leaders to translate the
    principles presented into their ministry context.
  • Primary Learning Process
  • Best Practice Sharing
  • Case Study
  • Weak Links Many!

21
Nehemiah ProcessStructure
  • Leaders participate in Groups
  • Hispanic Haitian
  • Small Churches
  • Pastoral Churches
  • Large Churches

22
Nehemiah ProcessWhat to Expect!
  • Modules 10 Systems of the Church
  • Prayer Discernment
  • Assimilation HII Process
  • Worship Sunday Morning
  • Renewal Events
  • Small Groups/Ministry Groups
  • Developing a Parish Ministry Plan
  • 12-24 month calendar
  • Stewardship
  • Youth
  • Administration
  • Dealing with CHANGE CONFLICT!

23
Nehemiah ProcessWhat to Expect!
  • Clergy Lay Leaders
  • Build on your Gifts ( Strength Finders) Manage
    your weaknesses
  • Develop a Personal Ministry Plan
  • Recruit Train a Leadership Team
  • Develop a Parish Ministry Plan
  • Establish Goals AWA, Plate Pledge, Ministry
    Groups, Renewal Events, etc.
  • Create a 12/24 month calendar
  • Increase Administrative Skills
  • Dealing with CHANGE CONFLICT!

24
Nehemiah ProcessWhat to Expect!
  • Clergy Lay Leaders
  • Creating a Ministry Council
  • Social Media
  • Webinar Bible Studies Meetings
  • Spiritual Development Events
  • Parish Leadership Retreats
  • Learning Fundraising Tools from Nonprofits
  • Domestic Foreign Missions
  • Discerning the Parish Life Cycle
  • Discerning the Life Cycle of ministry groups

25
Nehemiah ProcessWhat to Expect!
  • Clergy Lay Leaders
  • S.W.O.T. Process PMP
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities
  • Threats
  • S.M.A.R.T. Process Event Planning
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time - Line

26
Nehemiah Process
  • Additional Resources

27
Nehemiah ProcessLife Cycle!
28
Brutal Facts
  • The reality is that for the average parish to
    stay above the STRESS level, it takes
    approximately
  • AWA 125 - 200 or
  • Budget 230,000
  • How do we reach and grow past these barriers?

29
Vision Intersection Profile
Leaders Passion

J I M C O L I N S
Community Needs
Passion/Gifts Of Parish
VISION Vitality in Parish Ministry Plan
30
Diffusion of Innovation Dr. Everett Rodgers (the
ability of any given group to accept innovative
change)
32 32


16
16
2 2
2 16 32
32 16
2 Innovators Early Adapters Early
Majority Late Majority Laggards
Resisters
31
Dynamics of Change
60
20
10
8
2
2 Visionaries 10 Leaders Who Will Catch
Vision 60 Most Will Follow Leaders
32
Beauty of Ministry Groups
Vestry
Ministry Council
Volunteer Paid
More Leaders More Ministry Groups More Growth!
33
Leadership Transitions
34
The Nehemiah Process
  • Province IV
  • Leadership Marks for Creating Growing Vital
    Congregations
  • April 30, 2010

35
Nehemiah ProcessReality!
  • First,
  • Everyone is in the midst of trying to find a way
    to be faithful to the Gospel while adapting to
    the cultural norms.
  • Second - Leaders are
  • Learning what no one can teach. Gil Rendle
  • Third What are the barriers?
  • Most churches dont like to be rocked they
    prefer to lie at anchor rather than go places in
    stormy seas. William Sloane Coffin, Credo, p.
    140-141.
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