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True Course Ministries February 2011 Newsletter

  1. 1. February 2011: Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family Having trouble viewing this email? Click here Youre receiving this email because of your relationship with True Course Ministries Inc. Please confirm your continued interest in receiving email from us. You may unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive our emails. February 8, 2011 Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family In This Issue (click) - Change Can Be Like a Death When it comes to leading and change in the Family management in congregations, I have observed - Welcome Meredith! that there is an issue often overlooked. As a - National Conference leader, when you propose change, it may be threatening to some because it means loss of - Our New Blog! the more familiar and possibly cherished. - Its Happening - Get On People grieve as a result. In the drive toward Board gaining results, leaders may forget that change, for those affected by it, always involves a loss of - Spring 2011 Events some kind and that loss generates grief in - Resources various magnitudes. Just as change is inevitable and necessary, the associated grief is also inevitable and necessary. Grief is about learning to live life in a new way, without something you once knew or had. The emotions of the process are also necessary and appropriate, as long as no one gets hurt and the individual doesnt get "stuck" in one of these emotional places. The grief associated with change may appear as shock and numbness, with things being strangely quiet for a while. Anger may surface. Depression may set in. Any of these may be perceived as a hostile threat to the sensitive leader. But, more likely, just as at the graveside, the emotions may be saying, "Help me understand and come to terms with this change/loss." True Course Ministries - Video Testimonials: Hopefully, when visiting with those who have lost a loved one through death, one has the good sense not to say things, though Glynn Stone well-meant, such as "This just must be Gods will" or "Dont cry everything will be fine." But, as we lead change and encounter its Patrick McKeever associated grief over loss, we often do brush off the grief in this way.1 of 6 2/11/2011 7:37 AM
  2. 2. February 2011: Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family Just like those who voice those well-meant statements to those grieving the loss of a loved one, we who are leading change employ similar statements and attitudes in hope that everyone will settle down and be happy because we will be uncomfortable if they dont. Now in our 8th Year We want the grieving to just "get over it." Such an approach is not comforting for those experiencing crushing grief of loss associated Thanks in advance for your with change and such may actually cause them to grieve longer. investment in the ongoing development of this work. People need an outlet for their grief and an environment in which they can work through it. It takes time to get used to being without it, if one ever does. When leading needed change, be sure to allow time for people to work through and talk through their pain. Give time for grieving and walk with those who are grieving to a new way True Course Ministries of living in light of the change. 506 Dal Paso Drive Robinson, TX 76706 254.722.4255 Welcome to Meredith! Welcome to Meredith McAfee with whom True Course Ministries has contracted to serve as my Executive Administrative Assistant. She will be working with general administration, marketing, and event production. Susan and I have known Meredith since 1998 and I am delighted to work with an individual who is so capable, of high moral character, and so committed to her faith and to personal excellence. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and her husband, Daniel is a student at Truett Seminary. You will likely have opportunity to communicate with and get to know Meredith as you access True Course resources. So, the next voice you hear may be hers. Meredith is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Meredith and her husband, Daniel, currently reside in Waco while he attends Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Meredith is excited about and honored by the opportunity to work with True Course Ministries and look forward to seeing what God has in store! Executive Director to Speak at National Conference of Business Administrators On March 22, I will be speaking at the spring meeting of the Southern Baptist Church Business Administration Association in Dallas which is held in conjunction with the annual Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference. Ill be speaking on the topic "When Staff Interactions Make You Crazy: Helps for Realizing a Maximum Team Experience." This seminar will offer a look "behind the curtain" to see what is happening in church staff and employee interactions (helpful or not) which can impact atmosphere, performance, productivity, and relationships in general. Participants will receive helpful tips, skills, and resources for achieving a maximum team performance, productivity and, ultimately, making their organization a better place2 of 6 2/11/2011 7:37 AM
  3. 3. February 2011: Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family to work. CompassPoints CompassPoints is the name of my new blogging space which you can access at Or you can access it from the True Course Ministries site and click on the blog tab, or by clicking the blue Blog button above. For Everyone I will be posting weekly tips and/or reflections that relate to: personal growth self-management and self-awareness emotional and social intelligence Interpersonal relationships work/life balance leadership in congregations and businesses coaching and mentoring productivity for personal life and work Christian life st 21 century church so far and more. Go ahead and check out the items already on the site. For Partners Only If you are a partner, through prayer or financial gifts, in the ongoing development True Course, you will enjoy a special section for "Partners Only." In this section, I will provide monthly updates on the ministry (with occasional special editions) which I believe you will enjoy. Anyone can become a partner with True Course, just let us know of your interest. You can know when I blog by activating the RSS (real simple syndication) feed on the blog site. When you do this, an email notice will be sent to you when the blog is updated. For instructions on how to do this, see: Subscribe to an RSS Feed You can also interact with me in relation to a blog post by using the comment feature and feel free to do so. Appearance of any comment will be subject to administrative approval. Im looking forward to interacting with you. Its Happening - Get On Board Group coaching is an economical way to access coaching and the power of group dynamics for personal and professional growth. Coaching sessions are conducted monthly via teleconference with a group of 3-5 for 6-10 months. Fee: $75 monthly Generally the groups are built around common growth interests/issues. Get a group together and let us know of your3 of 6 2/11/2011 7:37 AM
  4. 4. February 2011: Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family interest. Or, contact us and we will help you access an existing group. Spring 2011 Event Calendar Staying Fired Up without Burning Out: 30 Days to More Energy and Less Stress February 17 & 24, 2011 | 3:00 pm CST This two part webinar is designed specifically for individuals in Christian ministry who are ready to develop and practice a strategy for extreme self-care. Serving by Standing Your Ground: Assertiveness in Ministry April 12th & 19th, 2011 | 3:00 pm CST This webinar is designed specifically for individuals who are ready to develop necessary skills and practice assertiveness in establishing boundaries. Resources Excellent read on what can enhance fulfillment in life. Kashdan, Todd (2009). Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life. New York: William Morrow. True Course Is Expanding I am expanding my coaching practice, through True Course Living, Learning, Leading, to include life and career coaching for professionals, some of whom have been inquiring into my work for a while now. See the announcement letter for ways I assist these clients and the types of clients with whom I can do a great job. Feel free to save a copy of the letter and attach it to an email you send to those you believe may be interested. Websites for both True Course Ministries or True Course Living, Learning, Leading site are accessible through our splash portal New, Fuller-featured Web Site with Resources for You We have just gone live with a new, fuller-featured web site with resources for you. Dont miss it!! Visit us at While you are there . . .4 of 6 2/11/2011 7:37 AM
  5. 5. February 2011: Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family Sign up for a Test the Water free coaching session Sign in to our Resources section and watch it develop over the next weeks and months. Plan to contribute to the Resources section (facilitated and approved by site admin) Register for Learning events Find all the Information you need to get started with True Course Ministries Enjoy Testimonials from those we serve Follow Michael on Twitter Explore FAQs to help you get clarity about the work of True Course Ministries . . . and more! Test the Water with a Free Session If youve wondered what it is like to experience coaching, I would like to offer you a no-risk opportunity to test the water. See the Free Coaching Session offer below. People engage in coaching experiences because they believe it will benefit them. To help the client realize benefit, a coach assists and supports the client in: Making significant changes Improving relationships Becoming better leaders Making better decisions Reducing stress Transitioning to a career they really want and love Getting ahead professionally Setting bigger, better, and more rewarding goals Reaching goals faster Dealing better with The complexities of life The influence of technology Uncertainty Simplifying their lives . . . to name just a few. Coaches dont tell. Coaches are not oracles or advisers. Coaches lead the client in a process. In the process, clients make huge discoveries about self and the situation. Sometimes the client makes big shifts in their ways of being and doing. The coach may have a similar experience. Some fear that they will somehow be demeaned, embarrassed, or appear inadequate when working with a coach. A coach is unequivocally non-judgmental, demonstrating unconditional positive regard for the client. All coaching interactions are confidential. Jump in! The waters fine. Need a Speaker? Do you have a civic club or organization that needs a speaker for a meeting or event? I am available to speak to groups about Issues we are finding in the field (church and business coaching; life and career coaching; social intelligence coaching), Tips on life, career, and relationships5 of 6 2/11/2011 7:37 AM
  6. 6. February 2011: Change Can Be Like A Death In The Family The resources we offer to address the issues above If we are allowed to make product offers in a back table setting, there is no fee for the speaking engagement. If you are interested, please contact us or call me personally at the number below. J. Michael Godfrey, D.Min., Ph.D. | Executive Director True Course Ministries, Inc. | 506 Dal Paso Drive | Robinson, TX 76706 Cell: 254.722.4255 | FAX: 254.946.0172 | email: Web: True Course Mentoring recipient of the Malcolm S. Knowles Award for Outstanding Adult Education Program from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. Click the link below to view an article about True Course Ministries from the Texas Baptist paper, The Baptist Standard. Mentoring Program Helps Ministers Chart True Course **Clergy are mentored directly through True Course Ministries, Inc. **Business Professionals are referred to True Course Living, Learning, Leading, LLC For a complimentary, no obligation, 45-minute coaching session, please Email True Course or Call 254.722.4255 Offer is valid for clergy, educators, and business professionals. Not valid if you have already taken advantage of one of our other Free Session offers. Forward this email to a friend This email was sent to by | Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. True Course Ministries Inc | 506 Dal Paso Drive | Robinson | TX | 767066 of 6 2/11/2011 7:37 AM