The Acts 16:5 InitiativeThe Acts 16:5 Initiative
Develop a Defining VisionDevelop a Defining Vision
© 20013 E. Stanley Ott
Elder
Leadership
Matters
Discipleship Service Oversight
Three Hats of an Elder
Discipleship Service Oversight
Three Hats of an Elder
The Hat of Discipleship –
Be a disciple
Grow a disciple
A lifestyle to be lived before it is a program
program to be run (...
“Nosey” questions:
What strategy do you personally use for
growing disciples? With whom?
What strategy does your congregat...
The Hat of Service –ministry
Equipped and Deployed
inside and outside the
congregation.
S.H.A.P.E. – spiritual gifts, hear...
Discipleship Service
The first two hats of an Elder are two
hats for all Christians – before serving
on a Session and afte...
The hat of Oversight
To love and to
lead the flock of God
The double focus of
Ministry
Other Hats…
People Eyes - the eyes of Jesus
for people –
loving them – care
leading them - discipleship
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to
bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim ...
Ministry Support:: finances, facilities and personnel
Worship
Discipleship
Ministry
Mobilization
Leadership
Fellowship
Mis...
Discipleship Service Oversight
Three Hats of an Elder
Work
The typical committee, board or
Team is one dimensional.
It meets for one reason:
To accomplish some assigned work
Doxological
Koinonial Missional
A Three-Dimensional Ecclesiology
The Koinonial Dimension
5 practices of the doxological and koinonial
dimensions of Session life:
•The Seven Threads of Relationships
•Word-Share-P...
The Seven Threads of Ministry Team Relationships:
1. Spiritual Disciplines
2. Face-to-Face Relationships
3. Confidentialit...
WORD
SHARE
PRAYER
Send to ministry and mission
© 2004 E. Stanley Ott
www.VitalChurchesInstitute.com
www.VitalChurchesInstitute.com
Rotating Prayer PartnersRotating Prayer Partners
I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory,
God may grant that _...
5 practices of the doxological and koinonial
dimensions of Session life:
•The Seven Threads of Relationships
•Word-Share-P...
Some elements of Elder Leadership
Defining Vision
Discernment
Decision making
Yearly Planning (2%)
Permission Giving
With ...
Clarify your Defining Vision
Be who God wants
you to be and
you will set the
world on fire!
Catherine of Siena
The 3-D Defining Vision
Incline –
Vision
centered
Recline –
program
centered
Decline –
structure
Some elements of Leadership
Defining Vision
Discernment
Decision making
Yearly Planning (2%)
Permission Giving
With me and...
Doxological -
Worship
Missional
Endeavor
Koinonial
-Discipleshi
p
Equipping
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII...
Traditional
Program Centered
Transformational
Vision Centered
Transitional
Transitional
BLESS and ADDBLESS and ADD
Some elements of Leadership
Defining Vision
Discernment & Decision making
(wisdom)
Yearly Planning (2%)
Permission Giving
...
Levels of permission-giving
1. We tell you what to do.
2. You ask us what to do.
3. You ask us for permission for what you...
Some elements of Leadership
Defining Vision
Discernment
Decision making
Yearly Planning (2%)
Permission Giving
With me and...
10% Discernment/Decision
What are we going to do?
90% Implementation
How to lead our people “with us” and keep
people on b...
Some elements of Leadership
Defining Vision
Discernment
Decision making
Yearly Planning (2%)
Permission Giving
With me and...
AND
Our culture is in a state of flux -
rapid, manic, discontinuous
change
The Church
is in flux
The Worship Shift
Movement from “standard” traditional
liturgies and worship services to a wide
variety off approaches wit...
The Discipleship Shift – from just programs to persons with
persons
Movements from programs to growing
People who invest t...
“The maximum impact of the church of Jesus Christ in history in
the world is not the impact of great and eloquent preacher...
The changing triple helix through history of
The story-narrative of all three dimensions
(doxological, koinonial, mission)...
Flux is not merely
“change.” Flux is
continuous change.
Some things are not in flux!
The Love of the God who
Sustains us
The love of the people of
God who encourage us
Our love f...
Yet many things are in flux!
DJ Patil explains, "There are
sometimes when you can predict
weather well for the next 15 day...
http://www.wimp.com/dadipad/
The Twentieth Century is
the name of a train that
no longer runs!
Poet David Lehman
<> 39
Technical
Challenges
Adaptive
Challenges
In times of rapid changeIn times of rapid change
what you know can misleadwhat you know can mislead
you.you. Michael Marqu...
Discernment and
decision making
require
Humility,
Inquiry,
and
Experimentation
Presbuteros
Define Poise
Poise = Balance
Poise is a state of dignified God-
confident balance, equilibrium and
composure.
“If you can keep your hea...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoSV9FhupHI
Poise
Walking the high wire of transition from
traditional (program-centered) to transformational
(vision-centered)
Walkin...
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  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/2/12 12:17) ----- Youth Worker Godsend T-Shirt Protectors vs Riskers - Custod Cross Over
  • The Fast Company. February 2012 Generation Flux
  • Eli leadership principles 7-10-13

    1. 1. The Acts 16:5 InitiativeThe Acts 16:5 Initiative Develop a Defining VisionDevelop a Defining Vision
    2. 2. © 20013 E. Stanley Ott
    3. 3. Elder Leadership Matters
    4. 4. Discipleship Service Oversight Three Hats of an Elder
    5. 5. Discipleship Service Oversight Three Hats of an Elder
    6. 6. The Hat of Discipleship – Be a disciple Grow a disciple A lifestyle to be lived before it is a program program to be run (witness, prayer, care…) Dyads, Triad, Quads A Rule of Life The Word of God Prayer Examen Small Group Life
    7. 7. “Nosey” questions: What strategy do you personally use for growing disciples? With whom? What strategy does your congregation use for growing disciples who grow disciples? mainline church members often have no such personal strategy yet are open to learn.
    8. 8. The Hat of Service –ministry Equipped and Deployed inside and outside the congregation. S.H.A.P.E. – spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality experience During the time on Session this may or may not be as an elder assignment
    9. 9. Discipleship Service The first two hats of an Elder are two hats for all Christians – before serving on a Session and after serving on the Session. Develop a disciple-growing, Equipping Farm System!
    10. 10. The hat of Oversight To love and to lead the flock of God The double focus of Ministry Other Hats…
    11. 11. People Eyes - the eyes of Jesus for people – loving them – care leading them - discipleship
    12. 12. ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Jesus’ eyes saw the true needs of the people in front of him: The woman with the jar of perfume Bartimaeus Widow of Nain Canaanite woman’s daughter Woman at the well The Centurian’s Son Wedding in Cana Lepers Receive People eyes – in your own head – seeing through the eyes of Jesus for people
    13. 13. Ministry Support:: finances, facilities and personnel Worship Discipleship Ministry Mobilization Leadership Fellowship Missional Endeavor The Vital Church Generosity
    14. 14. Discipleship Service Oversight Three Hats of an Elder
    15. 15. Work The typical committee, board or Team is one dimensional. It meets for one reason: To accomplish some assigned work
    16. 16. Doxological Koinonial Missional A Three-Dimensional Ecclesiology
    17. 17. The Koinonial Dimension
    18. 18. 5 practices of the doxological and koinonial dimensions of Session life: •The Seven Threads of Relationships •Word-Share-Prayer •Rotating Prayer Partners •Quarterly Meals •Annual Retreat The basis of a covenant of community life
    19. 19. The Seven Threads of Ministry Team Relationships: 1. Spiritual Disciplines 2. Face-to-Face Relationships 3. Confidentiality 4. Communication 5. Clear expectations 6. Loose-tight 7. Loving Loyalty
    20. 20. WORD SHARE PRAYER Send to ministry and mission © 2004 E. Stanley Ott www.VitalChurchesInstitute.com
    21. 21. www.VitalChurchesInstitute.com
    22. 22. Rotating Prayer PartnersRotating Prayer Partners I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, God may grant that ______ and I may be strengthened in our inner being with power through God’s Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. As _____ and I are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that ____ and I may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that ______ and I may be filled with all the fullness of God. EPHESIANS 3:16-19
    23. 23. 5 practices of the doxological and koinonial dimensions of Session life: •The Seven Threads of Relationships •Word-Share-Prayer •Rotating Prayer Partners •Quarterly Meals •Annual Retreat Work to develop these one at a time in very committee and team in the church.
    24. 24. Some elements of Elder Leadership Defining Vision Discernment Decision making Yearly Planning (2%) Permission Giving With me and With us Poise
    25. 25. Clarify your Defining Vision Be who God wants you to be and you will set the world on fire! Catherine of Siena
    26. 26. The 3-D Defining Vision
    27. 27. Incline – Vision centered Recline – program centered Decline – structure
    28. 28. Some elements of Leadership Defining Vision Discernment Decision making Yearly Planning (2%) Permission Giving With me and With us (10/90) Poise
    29. 29. Doxological - Worship Missional Endeavor Koinonial -Discipleshi p Equipping IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII The arc of God’s story embraces the arc of how the church has lived out the three dimensions through history – often with hope and conflict. SisAct/9/11 RCH
    30. 30. Traditional Program Centered Transformational Vision Centered Transitional
    31. 31. Transitional
    32. 32. BLESS and ADDBLESS and ADD
    33. 33. Some elements of Leadership Defining Vision Discernment & Decision making (wisdom) Yearly Planning (2%) Permission Giving With me and With us (10/90) Poise
    34. 34. Levels of permission-giving 1. We tell you what to do. 2. You ask us what to do. 3. You ask us for permission for what you want to do. [the typical Session] 4. You act on your own yet centered on our shared vision but inform us immediately. 5. You act on your own yet centered on our shared vision and inform us
    35. 35. Some elements of Leadership Defining Vision Discernment Decision making Yearly Planning (2%) Permission Giving With me and With us (10/90) Poise
    36. 36. 10% Discernment/Decision What are we going to do? 90% Implementation How to lead our people “with us” and keep people on board? Take 9 times the time you took to descern/decide what to do to figure out how to do it and to keep your people with you and in a good spirit. The 10-90 Rule – to encourage those we lead to be “with” us.
    37. 37. Some elements of Leadership Defining Vision Discernment Decision making Yearly Planning (2%) Permission Giving With me and With us (10/90) Poise
    38. 38. AND Our culture is in a state of flux - rapid, manic, discontinuous change The Church is in flux
    39. 39. The Worship Shift Movement from “standard” traditional liturgies and worship services to a wide variety off approaches with descriptors such as traditional, blended, contemporary, ancient-modern and Taize
    40. 40. The Discipleship Shift – from just programs to persons with persons Movements from programs to growing People who invest their lives in people in order to grow together as disciples.
    41. 41. “The maximum impact of the church of Jesus Christ in history in the world is not the impact of great and eloquent preachers, or denominations, or church hierarchies, or even popes, or priests, or cardinals, or all of the programs that the church invented. The maximum impact of the church of Jesus Christ is the influence of the aggregate of believers where they are between Sundays. The measure of the effectiveness of a local church is not when the sanctuary is full on Sunday morning, and the programs are in operation. The measure of the effectiveness of the church is what's happening when the sanctuary is empty, the parking lot is empty, and the programs are not in operation, and people are scattered all over a metropolitan area, penetrating all of the organizations and institutions of that area, because where they are Christ is - in them. You are the church.” Richard C. Halverson Former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate The Missional Shift – from just programs to personal lifestyle
    42. 42. The changing triple helix through history of The story-narrative of all three dimensions (doxological, koinonial, mission) of the Christian life creates both hope and anxiety for congregations. hope because they find new ways to do ministry. Anxiety because many people are afraid of losing what they love. No wonder discernment, decision-making and wisdom are so essential!
    43. 43. Flux is not merely “change.” Flux is continuous change.
    44. 44. Some things are not in flux! The Love of the God who Sustains us The love of the people of God who encourage us Our love for those to Whom God sends us
    45. 45. Yet many things are in flux! DJ Patil explains, "There are sometimes when you can predict weather well for the next 15 days. Other times, you can only really forecast a couple of days. Sometimes you can't predict the next two hours." The business [and ministry] climate, it turns out, is a lot like the weather. We've entered a next two-hours era.
    46. 46. http://www.wimp.com/dadipad/
    47. 47. The Twentieth Century is the name of a train that no longer runs! Poet David Lehman <> 39
    48. 48. Technical Challenges Adaptive Challenges
    49. 49. In times of rapid changeIn times of rapid change what you know can misleadwhat you know can mislead you.you. Michael MarquardtMichael Marquardt Michael Marquardt
    50. 50. Discernment and decision making require Humility, Inquiry, and Experimentation Presbuteros
    51. 51. Define Poise
    52. 52. Poise = Balance Poise is a state of dignified God- confident balance, equilibrium and composure. “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...” Rudyard Kipling – If Nomin
    53. 53. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoSV9FhupHI
    54. 54. Poise Walking the high wire of transition from traditional (program-centered) to transformational (vision-centered) Walking the high wire of navigating adaptive challenges of a culture in flux Walking high wire of trust and control (permission- giving) Walking high wire of details vs the big picture Elders with poise keep the ship of the church on an even keel!

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