we have an open day tomorrow for cms pioneer training - it's not too late to sign up...
we have an open day tomorrow for cms pioneer training - it's not too late to sign up...
thanks to everyone who came to the day of research presentations and conversation about pioneering mission. it was a wonderful day - really buzzing! there is a write up and some photos here. it was such a treat to have doug gay, beth keith, gerald arbuckle, anna thompson, andrea campanale, and jim barker involved. we'll be adding a few video interviews online with them and there will be a book next summer with some of the papers and some others. and we will be back with another day next year. to be honest i am still on something of a high. next week i'm off here - tough life eh?!
there is no better way than wrapping your head round mission in today's culture(s) than attending ReSource. you get to visit four different places in britain, hear from the people involved, and experience what they are up to. you can also pick individual weekends but the best is to do the lot. if you are interested in pioneer training this is a great way in. there are details on the weekends here, you can download a flyer here and you can book here
i have not been able to stop thinking about the massive attack v adam curtis gig that i blogged about here. joel send me a link to a piece which is really interesting in FACT magazine where adam curtis says a bit more about some of his ideas. and he reiterates the theme that really caught my attention which is that we are stuck because
"we have opted to manage the world rather than change the world"
what an extraordinary insight! i think this is true in many businesses, lots of the social/charity sector and the church. we elevate managers and prefer and feel safer with them than visionaries and dreamers in top leadership positions. this may be because of fear of money, the future or simply we want to feel we can control things as best we can. and i also think it is also a really bad habit. shoot me down on this or tell me it's not true - but i am now seeing it everywhere where last week i was used to business as usual!
the article includes the words that were projected at the end of the film which i was trying to remember. they are:
"the future is full of POSSIBILITY"
"IT IS NOT PREDICTABLE"
"YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN"
"YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD"
"PLEASE FIND YOUR OWN WAY HOME”
two years ago at greenbelt i chatted with sarah roberts about pioneering. she had felt restless and was giving up her job teaching to venture into something new. i asked her 'what's the dream?' - she answered that the dream was to support young people who had parents in prison and somehow link them up better. nobody seemed to be offering this. her own experience in teaching had highlighted how difficult it was for those families. unknown to me that was the first time sarah had articulated out loud what it was she wanted to do. well a bit less than two years on and she has been researching, exploring, offering support, connecting with others working in that field, gaining experience, doing some training with the cms pioneer course... and she starts work today with families outside in a role that they are creating to support this dream. and it is a charity based in her home city of edinburgh. it's amazing how this has come together! she is now a mission associate with cms.
if you haven't seen it this video she created reversible thinking is brilliant. congrats sarah and we look forward to seeing how your prioneering develops!
what's your dream?
we're now halfway through the third year of the cms pioneer mission leadership training course i set up. since it began we have had around 50 people do something with us - a module or more. and we have now added an MA and have our first year of pioneers training for ordination. we have recently used up the last of our original print run of prosepectuses (or is it prospecti?!). so we decided to give it a fresh look and update the content to reflect where we are up to now. you can download a pdf of it here. and if you would like a printed copy go here and you can see who to e-mail to get one sent to you. we are small and new so we are always keen to get the word out but don't have big budget to do so - so please do tell others about it, and pass it on. my completely biased opinion is that if you are a pioneer you should train with us!
this is quite simply the best thing i have read since the news of the c of e NO vote
i have written a reflection on five things i have learned from the first couple of years of the cms pioneer mission leadership training which has been published on the fresh expressions web site today and seems to be creating some traffic out there in the world of the web! by all means comment here but there is a good number of comments developing there so i'd gently encourage you to join in the conversation there too!
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we do an open day each term for anyone interested to come and find out about the cms pioneer mission leadership training and the courses on offer. they are always really good days. there is one next tuesday - it's not too late to come along - just let us know.
i am not sure in the busyness of setting things up whether i have even blogged about this before but we now offer an MA alongside the foundation degree and certificate which is exciting.
today was the first day of the new year on the cms pioneer mission leadership training. it's always so exciting to go round on the first morning and hear who people are and what they dream and aspire to pioneer in mission. some have already started, others have an idea, others just know they want to do something. this is our third year and i have loved both so far and i can tell i'm going to love this one. on top of what we have been doing we have an MA starting and our first intake of ordained pioneers which should keep us busy... i called this photo 'apsirational' - seemed to fit the mood...
we have four ReSource weekends lined up for 2012-2013. we've been running these for about 8 or 9 years now i think. i always love them. a brilliant way to learn about mission. they work best in my view if you do all four in a year...
leadership - a simple word that produces so much reaction, so many books, and still manages to remain elusive and enigmatic! but there's no doubt leadership exists. when you deny it it has a habit of popping up in the wrong sort of way. on the cms pioneer mission leadership training we've just finished a module on mission leadership that was absolutely brilliant led by jim barker. it's really got me thnking about the whole area in a new way. jim used a lot of simon walker's undefended leader work as part of that.
all that is by way of saying i recently bought a small book on leadership by keith lamdin finding your leadership style which i really recommend if you are interested in leadership. keith is the prinicpal of sarum college in salisbury. i have got to know him over the last few years through the regional board that collaborates on issues of theological education and liked him from the word go and have found he combines openness with wisdom. this book could only have been written by someone who has been reflecting on leadership for some time - it's like a mature wine or a distilled single malt. it's short (116 pages hooray!) but it's as though every idea and concept has been thought about hard and then worked on to be communicated in a simple way. this is a rare gift in an area that can be as laced with jargon and complexity as any other academic area. he maps six styles of leadership - monarch, warrior, elder, contemplative, prophet, servant and unpacks each. but in doing so he does a couple of things beyond exploring that style. one is to give an overview of the whole literature on leadership so if an idea such as vulnerable leadership grabs you there's plenty of links to follow up on other books. i circled several books to follow up on. the second is the conversation and insights threaded through the whole giving keith's take. there are some real nuggets in there.
keith has been involved in teaching and coaching leaders in the church for many years. his summary of what leaders do is framed around discontent with the way things are, vision for how they could be better and courage to imagine and go and lead there. he reflects that the two predominant models in the church are warrior and monach - that may not be a surprise but i found quite depressing to be reminded of. further he suggests there is a sort of hidden contract of dependency and in fact leadership is possible framed as much by the culture of those who want to be led as it is by the leader...
The people we select to be our clergy and bishops often turn put to be exactly the kind of people who are keen to take our projections and begin to believe them so cementing this dependency culture into a fortress in which the price of safety for everyone is imprisonment...
he speculates that in a postmodern environment the spirit of the monarch needs to give way to the wounded healer. he suggests that the other four are much more suited to mission or being in the community space beyond the walls of the building. they are certainly the ones i am more drawn to. i was pleased to see the prophet included as there is still not much around on that and it's a difficult style to lean into i think. he makes some comments throughout about power which of course is tied up with leadership and in one reflection comments
I cannot find anywhere in the Gospels any instance when Jesus used position power to force his will. He was undoubtedly outspoken and forceful in his speech, but in the temptations he explicitly rejected the prospect of using his power to bring about his wishes, he never sacked his disciples, and on the cross he chose the way of service rather than power.
what an extraordinary reminder! he ends with a chapter on resources and habits and practices worth setting in place to help support leaders and keep you human over the long term.
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