Working on the first set of posters for the 2013 GROWSFL Campaign
A few thoughts as we plan our next event for GROW South Florida..
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Recently, I picked up my outline for my Griffin Lake project and after reading it, decided that I should do some more substantial research to have a better grasp on what I looking to do. I am looking to develop a model of efficiency within the local church setting and for this I needed a better grasp on information about the Church of Christ in the United States of America. Now, with any research done, you’d hope that there would be a data set easily accessible for use for educational purposes, and so, who better to consult but 21st Century Christian, the official publisher and retailer of all things Church of Christ. Alas…
Well, it finally came. This past Sunday [May 30, 2010], we [the Magnolia Park church of Christ] officially rolled out the One capital fundraising campaign for the congregation. After months of first planning, then sitting on our thumbs, then really picking up the ball and running with the fundraising idea, we finally got to present the message to the congregation. I had been developing a giving campaign outline for some time and it was great to see it finally get to play out as I had initially thought it up.
Part of the purpose of developing my brotherhood model is to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of ministry on the local level. I’ve been looking over massive amounts of numbers, both with this particular project, and for the music ministry guide that I produced earlier this year, and am beginning to better understand the makeup of the church as a whole, it’s concentration and its mark. I reason that gaining a better understanding will allow for more efficiency and effectiveness in local governance of the local congregation.
I’ve once again began looking at the numbers at the predominately black congregations of the church of Christ to gain a better view of the works of the brotherhood.
Just a few thoughts:</p
Numbers reflected Here.
I’d imagine that I should have actually titled this post, “Grandiose ideals for a sophisticated brotherhood deployment strategy”, but I just want to get my brotherhood information together before I work out training ideals. Anyway, I’ve worked out all of the individual congregation profiles.
The Ministry Simulation framework is built on a local brotherhood consisting of 13-congregations in a 3 county system. This local three county local brotherhood is referred to as C.A.R, named for Carter, Amsted, and Renault counties respectively. The 13 congregations that make up the CAR are not the only congregations in the area, as there are 5 other congregations within the reach of the brotherhood, though these 5 congregations do not actively participate in activities with the other 13. The 5 remaining congregations, however, are still in fellowship with the brotherhood and attempts are made by various others of the 13 to engage the delinquent congregations.
I’ve been looking forward to writing on this topic for some time now, but have only now [Friday, 2:30am] gotten around to actually sitting down and taking the time to organize my thoughts for this particular post.
The Idea of ministry management has become a major sticking point for me as I’ve come to believe that ministry can and should work a whole lot better in the engagement of the members of any particular congregation. Congregations, for the most part, have come to take on the idea that individuality saves the day. However, what I really wanted to do was simply create a working model that could be used as a possible framework for training and development purposes.
So, A Framework?
Well, I continue to feel like the best way to understand anything is to actually learn by doing, and since I couldn’t go out and become minister of an actually congregation, or lead a brotherhood, I figure the next best thing has to be trying to work on building a systematic model of what a brotherhood would look like, with congregations of various backgrounds and standings. I wanted to build something that was both easily understandable, yet at the same time was built with a sense of reality, that a user could imagine being at any particular congregation within the brotherhood.
In developing my faux brotherhood, I took into consideration a few things that I felt were necessary elements in building something that was feasibly understandable. Looking for ways to make this whole project manageable in the long run, I set in place some parameters for my brotherhood.
Now, all of this really is extensive when you understand the actually scope and focus of this research and modeling, and that is simply to develop a single congregation model. I wanted to develop a single congregation for training and development purposes, but when I began building the framework for Griffin Lake church of Christ, I quickly realized that a congregation can’t stand alone, and must therefore be a part of a larger brotherhood. The more I thought about it, the more the reality of an entire brotherhood being built looked feasible.
Now that I have a simple framework to build the rest of my model on, I’ve looked to start planning out the rest of the project. I figure to begin working on the rest of the project immediately