Scriptural Foundation for an Appreciative Approach
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things as just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
“For where two or three have gathered in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20
“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
“Set your mind on things above, not on the things on this earth.” Colossians 3:2 (NAS)
“Just as each one of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it it showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12: 4-8
Outcomes for Pastors
- Inspired pastors growing into powerful ministry.
- Adoption of effective habits of life-giving ministry.
- Self awareness of gifts, talents, short comings, growing edges.
- Pastors aware of how they are experienced by others.
- See their congregation as partners.
- Capacity and competency created for working with staff.
- Techniques and tools for successful change management integrated into their ministry.
- Positive accountability providing life-giving instead of life-denying supervision.
- Creation of a bridge between theoretical theological education and life in the local parish.
Outcomes for congregations:
- Smooth transition of pastoral leadership.
- Greater understanding of the role of laity in the leadership of the local church.
- Aware of the congregational lifecycle and where they are in the journey.
- Learn healthy ways of communication including conflict resolution and change management.
- Gain competencies in the areas of vision casting and strategic planning.