Finding Your Community of Ministerial Practice By Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale Ministry Training Source
Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD Ê From Lake Charles, LA; currently lives and ministers in Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA Ê Served in youth ministry practitioner since 1980 in Lake Charles, Houston, Los Angeles, Mobile, Lake Charles, and Baton Rouge. Ê Member of the following communities of practice NALM, NFCYM, NACYML, e-‐Learning Guild, and ASTD Ê LSU Graduate, “The Emergence of Lay Ecclesial Youth Ministry as a Profession in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.” Ê A member of a large family of LSU and Saints fans!
Goals of Today’s Workshop Ê To focus on the role that learning with others (in community) plays in your ministerial productivity and competence. Ê To examine what is meant by a Community of Practice and how this can be applied to your ministerial leadership and development. Ê To identify current communities of ministerial practice; and, how you can go about ﬁnding, starting, or enhancing one. Ê To develop a plan or goal for your participation in a community of ministerial practice.
Let’s get to know each other… Ê Please ﬁnd two other people, introduce yourself, where you are from, and what ministry you do on behalf of the church. Ê Why did you select this workshop and what is one thing you hope we discuss today? Ê Please share one challenge you are experiencing in ministry right now?
Share your best experience of learning with others. What made it so good?
What is a community of practice (CoP)? “…are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.” (Cultivating Communities of Practice by Etienne Wenger, p.4.)
One of my Communities of Ministerial Practice (CoMP)
A CoP is a unique combination of 3 fundamental elements: a domain of knowledge which de@ines a set of issues; a community of people who care about the domain, and the shared practice that they are developing to be effective in the domain.
Communities of Practice Take Many Forms Ê Small or Big Ê Long-‐lived or Short-‐lived Ê Co-‐located or Distributed Ê Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Ê Spontaneous or Intentional Ê Unrecognized or Institutionalized Ê Formal/highly structured or Informal/loosely structured
What CoP’s or CoMP’s are you a part of currently?
What do all Communities of Ministerial Practice (CoMP) need to be successful? Ê DOMAIN: A well-‐deﬁned domain provides common ground and identity. It aﬃrms the purpose and value to members. Ê COMMUNITY: The community creates the social fabric of learning. A strong community is based upon trust and fosters participation. Ê PRACTICE: The practices includes a set of frameworks, ideas, tools, language, and information, that members share. The domain denotes the focus topic or issue of the CoP, while the practice includes the speciﬁc knowledge the community develops, shares, and maintains.
Why are we talking about this at a gathering of ministerial leaders?
Are ministry leaders required to continued formation and learning?
A Response to the Church’s Mandate “Both temporary and permanent ministers are obligated to acquire appropriate formation which is required to fulﬁll their function properly and to carry it out conscientiously, zealously, and diligently” (Canon #231).
The Church as a Learning Organization From Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of Becoming a Learning Organization A learning organization is one that is continually expanding it’s capacity to create it’s future. They are possible because deep down we are all natural learners. Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human, because through learning we re-‐create ourselves and the world around us.
Personal Mastery “Personal mastery is the Two underlying discipline of continually movements are clarifying and deepening our involved: personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing 1) Clarifying what is patience, and of seeing important to us, and reality objectively. The key to this discipline is 2) Continually learning living life with intentionality how to see current and from an importance reality more clearly. paradigm.”
Seven Principles for Cultivating a CoP Ê Design for evolution. Ê Open a dialogue between inside and outside perspectives. Ê Invite different levels of participation. Ê Develop both public and private community spaces. Ê Focus on value. Ê Combine familiarity and excitement. Ê Create a rhythm for the community.
Different Levels of Participation The key to good Peripheral community participation and a healthy degree of movement between levels is to design community Active activities that allow (15-‐20%) participants at all levels to feel like full members. Rather than force participation, successful communities build Core (10-‐15%) benches for those on the sidelines.
What communities of practice exist nationally? Ê National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM) Ê National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders (NACYML) Ê National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Ê National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Ê National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Ê National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) Ê National Association of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL) Ê ETC…. Just google it!
Communities of Practice Discussion Ê Share current communities of ministerial practice that you are a part of or aware of? Are they successful at engaging members? Why or why not? Ê What is one aspect within the practice of your ministry that you believe you need to increase the eﬀective? Ê If you were to form a community of practice around an issue that important to you who would you invite to be a part of it? How would you gather and form community? Ê If you have been in ministry for a long time, how are you contributing to the development of future ministry leaders?
Concluding Prayer (by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin) O Lord of the harvest, work out your will in us, that we might prepare others to be laborers for your harvest. Transform us ever more completely into the image of your Son, that we might call others to ministry as he called, teach them as he taught, and form them as he did. We make this prayer in your most holy name. Amen. 54
Thank you for your participation Contact Info for Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD 417-‐693-‐1882, firstname.lastname@example.org www.ministrytrainingsource.org
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