NACOS 0.1 PREFACE: “Our pre-class discussion will happen on Facebook …”

NACOS 0.1 PREFACE: “Our pre-class discussion will happen on Facebook …”
Congregational Care 323 – Native American Course of Study
Director: Rev. Dr. Michelle Oberwise Lacock

Navigating these posts:
In the top and bottom right hand corners of each post you will see links to move to the next post in the sequence. (WordPress blog posts are in reverse order – the last one is on top and the first one is at the bottom.)
Each is numbered in order.
Click on these links to begin reading in order in each section:

Preface – Getting Organized (This post – 1 of 4)
NACOS 0.1 PREFACE: “Our pre-class discussion will happen on Facebook …”
https://ambidextrouschurch.com/2020/12/01/nacos/

Understanding personal and congregational loss. (1 of 3)
NACOS 1.1 Understanding personal loss.
https://ambidextrouschurch.com/2020/12/01/nacos-1-1-1-1-understanding-personal-loss/

William Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning (1 of 5)
NACOS 2.1: Worden’s first task, which is to “Accept the Reality of the Loss.”
https://ambidextrouschurch.com/2020/12/01/nacos-2-1/

NACOS 3.1: Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype (1 of 1)
https://ambidextrouschurch.com/2020/12/01/nacos-3-1-senges-limits-to-growth-systems-archetype-2/

The Diffusion of Innovations Adopter Framework. (1 of 8)
NACOS 4.1: A Parable: The Stainless Steel Church
https://ambidextrouschurch.com/2020/12/01/nacos-4-1-a-parable-the-stainless-steel-church/

Instructor for the 12/13 Session – Contact information:
David O Kueker (pronounced “key-ker”)
dkueker@yahoo.com
Cell: 618-780-0151 (phone or text)
Facebook: David Oliver Kueker

Prior to our discussion on December 13, I wanted to be able to introduce the concepts for our discussion and give you an experiential opportunity to work with them in the week prior to our Zoom meeting. We’ll have that “discussion before the class discussion” on our class Facebook page.

Where does this material originate?
My Fuller Theological Seminary 2008 Doctor of Ministry project sought to bring an understanding of 3rd world “lay driven” cell church methods of evangelism and disciple making to small Midwestern United Methodist congregations of 100 or less in average attendance. This material is drawn from the chapter written to address congregational resistance to these new methods. The entire project is available to you to read after our class concludes, but it isn’t necessary for our class time at all.

Our pre-class discussion will happen on Facebook as you provide a brief response to the “quote” and information in the post and then applying that information to your ministry context. (If you do not work with a local church congregation at this time, you may answer the question by relating it to your current ministry context or to any local congregation with whom you are familiar, past or present.)

The purpose here will be to recognize the mental model at work in your congregation and reflect on how you would respond. Evaluation will be based on the level of understanding you reveal in your “Assignment Question” comment.

A Facebook comment allows you to edit or add information to your comment at any time.
(On a PC, look for three dots: … Click there and select “edit” to edit your comment.)
You can also reply to the comments of others.
If you have a question to ask me, please begin your comment with “QUESTION:” and I will respond. It’s OK to chase rabbits here!

Cultural Apologies: My awareness of Native American culture comes from several friendships with Native Americans. I want to confess and provide an apology in advance for any misunderstanding on my part which would bring an offense to any of you due to my ignorance of your culture. Please help me to learn from any mistakes.

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ITEMS OF INTEREST – MAY, 2019

ITEMS OF INTEREST – MAY, 2019

Click on the link below to go to the first post in the sequence so that they can be read in order. Each sequence addresses a topic, and the series of posts is like an article. The link to the next post in the series will be found in the lower right hand corner of each post.

AN ORIENTATION TO PASTORAL WORK – This sequence proposes a five-session “orientation to pastoral work” experienced over five months for new pastors in the Kaskaskia River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church. Each session focuses on providing a specific, simple method for doing one aspect of the work of the pastor. Posts following the links below will explore that topic.

Session 1 – July: Orientation to Pastoral Work: PA.S.TO.R.  
Methodology (1st hour): Tasks: Time Management, setting up your personal organization system.
Application (2nd hour): Pastoral Expectations. PASTOR and SHALOM Working Templates.

Session 2 – August: TO: Tasks and Organization
Methodology: The Church as Organism and Organization; getting things done through other people.
Application: The Church as a Family of God, part 1. Church family systems, facilitating change.
District Office: 2 hour Training in completing Church Conference forms will follow this session.

Session 3 – September: S … R Preaching and Reading  
Methodology: Monroe’s Mountain: A System for Exegesis and Sermon Preparation.
Application: Organizing for Worship – purpose, goals, including laity, get the details right.

Session 4 – October: PA Pastoral Care and Attention  
Methodology: The Church as a Family of God, part 2. Soul mending and equipping the saints.
Application: Organizing for Healthy Communication. Building Community by “staying in touch.”

Session 5 – November: The Pastor’s Spiritual Life
Methodology: A Menu of Practical Spiritual Disciplines
Application: Organizing for Long Term Spiritual Health

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METRICS IN DISCIPLE MAKING – This sequence examines the use of equipping tracks (discipleship pathways) as a means of identifying and measuring effective activity in the making of disciples in the United Methodist Church.

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

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DiscipleWalk – Home Page

Walking with Jesus in the
School of Discipleship
Simple tools for making disciples for Jesus Christ

Churches fail to thrive when the priority of the Great Commission
is not present or is not central.

Note the fivefold purpose of the Elim Church of El Salvador memorized by
every member:

1. I have a purpose.
2. My purpose is winning souls.
3. I fulfill my purpose best in a group.
4. I will never be satisfied until I fulfill my purpose.
5. I have no promise of tomorrow.

Thriving churches do not believe in limits to growth, but rather believe, as
Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore
the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
(Luke 10:2)  The
harvest is ready; what is lacking are the laborers willing and ready to labor.

Members of the Elim Church who are experiencing dissatisfaction in their
church life are referred to line #2 and #4: I will never be satisfied until I fulfill my
purpose.  Neither will we in America.

Contact Information:
david (at)
disciplewalk (dot) com
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I’LL STAY WITH YOU July 1996 by Dave Kueker

I’LL STAY WITH YOU July 1996 by Dave Kueker
A Song for Weddings – (tune for verses: Abide with Me)

Walk down the aisle, and you will find me there.
Whenever you smile My heart’s as light as air.
With all the world’s sad sorrow, it doesn’t seem quite fair
That today, and every tomorrow,
We will always care.

As the preacher asks the question, I hear you say “I will”
Two little words that give me such a thrill.
They bring a warmth into life’s cold lonely chill.
I love you today,
Just as I always will.

Chorus
I’ll love you still — “I will!”
No matter what the years bring.
I’ll stay with you — “I do!”
My heart will always sing.
Through the laughter and tears,
Our love will last for years…
I’ll love you still.

Then comes the ring, and the words “I thee wed”
I swear by my life I will love you till I’m dead.
And then by the mercy of a God who’s always fair,
If I live in heaven, I will love you there.

Chorus

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Resources from ALS Preaching Class, 6/26/2021

As promised, here are links to resources from our ALS Preaching Class, 6/26/2021, at Effingham Centenary.

Participant’s text: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0 • (Cokesbury) https://www.cokesbury.com/From-Pew-to-Pulpit?refq=guthrie

Teacher’s Book/Leader’s text: Called to Preach! by Dawn Chesser DRPDF876 • (PDF only)

Monroe’s Mountain – Slides from class presentation
Part 1: Presenting the message –
Part 2: Preparing the message –
Part 3: Using Powerpoint slides in the message – (you did not see this)

Blank worksheet to prepare the message (yellow handout): http://disciplewalk.com/files/Monroe_Mountain2.pdf

A handout on the original Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, courtesy of Ron St John, University of Hawaii, describing the goals for each step: http://disciplewalk.com/files/Ron_St._John_monroe_sequence_Handout.pdf

OPW = Orientation to Pastoral Work – PRACTICAL TIPS FOR PREACHING
https://ambidextrouschurch.com/2019/10/02/orientation-to-pastoral-work-session-3-september-15-2019/

Pink paper handout – Staying in touch with points on how Dawn Chesser would teach this class – based on her book Called to Preach! by Dawn Chesser:

Embarras River District Advanced Lay Servants Class – June 26, 2021 – Effingham Centenary
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TjWKrbz6nXTH3BoZS38qP0dFvJmC_IkD/view?usp=sharing

Video by Barbara Sher about how, just as others have solution to your problem, others will have the ideas and illustrations to round out your message. She calls this an “Idea Party” …
Isolation is the dream-killer, not your attitude | Barbara Sher | TEDxPrague
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2rG4Dg6xyI

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What is the mental model of the GTD/NPM: Church-TO?

Focus:
GTD/NPM Focus: CHURCH – Orientation to Pastoral Work,
TO: Mark Forster + GTD Sorting = Flywheel

GTD – the Natural Planning Model
BORING: phoning it in.
EXCITING: I am on top of my work and GTD clear. I express my CliftonStrengths; I learn, see patterns and understand what to do.
HOPE:

Step 1: Defining Purpose and Principles
This was a fun one. I got out a blank sheet of paper and wrote at the top: “If I were to feel thrilled about my life each day, what would it look like?” I know this list could go on and on, but I tried to keep it simple, basically entailing things like having a healthy, clean environment, building strong relationships, spending my time on meaningful projects (that can only be done by me–delegating everything else), nurturing my mind, body, and spirit, and living a life filled with purpose.

Step 2: Outcome Visioning
As I looked over the list from Step 1, I started envisioning how this “new life” would be (and how it would not be) … Really seeing these things is empowering.

Step 3: Brainstorming
With this vision fresh on my mind, I started seven small mind maps–encapsulating all the actions and characteristics I want to translate into habits.

Step 4: Organizing
Here’s where I took all those principles, dreams, and brainstorms and translated them into a very doable list.

Step 5: Identifying Next Actions
Before placing these four items onto my “Current Projects” List, I identified my Next Actions and put them on my context-based list.

August 19 Reboot:

Tiny Habits:
Anchor: When I …
Behavior: I will …
Celebrate: And celebrate by …

1 Thing options for this area:

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What is the mental model of the GTD/NPM: CHURCH-Disciple Making?

GTD/NPM: CHURCH-Disciple Making

Focus:
GTD/NPM Focus: CHURCH – Orientation to Pastoral Work: Disciple Making
DM: Circles (Prayer Tool) + Discipleship System (FISH) = Ambidextrous Church.

GTD – the Natural Planning Model
BORING:
EXCITING: I express my CliftonStrengths; I learn, see patterns and understand how to help my people grow into the next stage of their spiritual growth.
HOPE:

Step 1: Defining Purpose and Principles
This was a fun one. I got out a blank sheet of paper and wrote at the top: “If I were to feel thrilled about my life each day, what would it look like?” I know this list could go on and on, but I tried to keep it simple, basically entailing things like having a healthy, clean environment, building strong relationships, spending my time on meaningful projects (that can only be done by me–delegating everything else), nurturing my mind, body, and spirit, and living a life filled with purpose.

Step 2: Outcome Visioning
As I looked over the list from Step 1, I started envisioning how this “new life” would be (and how it would not be) … Really seeing these things is empowering.

Step 3: Brainstorming
With this vision fresh on my mind, I started seven small mind maps–encapsulating all the actions and characteristics I want to translate into habits.

Step 4: Organizing
Here’s where I took all those principles, dreams, and brainstorms and translated them into a very doable list.

Step 5: Identifying Next Actions
Before placing these four items onto my “Current Projects” List, I identified my Next Actions and put them on my context-based list.

August 19 Reboot:

Tiny Habits:
Anchor: When I …
Behavior: I will …
Celebrate: And celebrate by …

1 Thing options for this area:


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What is the mental model of the GTD/NPM: S..R: Sermon + Blog =?

GTD/NPM: S..R: Sermon + Blog =

Focus: GTD/NPM Focus: CHURCH – Orientation to Pastoral Work, S..R: Sermon + Blog =


GTD – the Natural Planning Model
BORING:
EXCITING: I express my CliftonStrengths; I learn, see patterns and needs, and understand what to say to enlighten, enlist and equip my people as their leader.
HOPE:

Step 1: Defining Purpose and Principles
This was a fun one. I got out a blank sheet of paper and wrote at the top: “If I were to feel thrilled about my life each day, what would it look like?” I know this list could go on and on, but I tried to keep it simple, basically entailing things like having a healthy, clean environment, building strong relationships, spending my time on meaningful projects (that can only be done by me–delegating everything else), nurturing my mind, body, and spirit, and living a life filled with purpose.

Step 2: Outcome Visioning
As I looked over the list from Step 1, I started envisioning how this “new life” would be (and how it would not be) … Really seeing these things is empowering.

Step 3: Brainstorming
With this vision fresh on my mind, I started seven small mind maps–encapsulating all the actions and characteristics I want to translate into habits.

Step 4: Organizing
Here’s where I took all those principles, dreams, and brainstorms and translated them into a very doable list.

Step 5: Identifying Next Actions
Before placing these four items onto my “Current Projects” List, I identified my Next Actions and put them on my context-based list.

August 19 Reboot:

Tiny Habits:
Anchor: When I …
Behavior: I will …
Celebrate: And celebrate by …

1 Thing options for this area:

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What are your Brave Dreams for your Church?

Brave Dreams: Church

What would I choose to do if I was not afraid and anything was possible?

CHURCH
Conversions cascade and disciple making
… quality system built on my DM research
(Stewardship of what I’ve already done.)
… quality PA.S.TO.R System
… new system build on sales research.
“Laity are excited about what is happening in their church.”
AmChurch blog = commonplace notebook
KwChurch blog = commonplace notebook

BHAG 175 avg attendance. Then G12BC.
… commands of Jesus followed.
– I am more committed to God’s will being done than achieving my image of perfection … I yield to God. If God is satisfied, I am satisfied. It’s not about me.
– If the growth of the church became overwhelming (a possible source of fear), I would use cell principles and farm the work out to the body of Christ as my partners in ministry. If churches multiplied beyond a dozen, I would function connectionally, more like a District Superintendent. If growth was beyond thousands, I would function as a large cell church senior pastor with cells linked in districts, prayer services, Prayer Mountain retreat center, and G12, G12-BC or 5×5 networks of rising leaders. I believe that I am ready to do God’s will without fear.


HEALTH … Physical
Excellent physical health … BHAG
… BS<150, Weight <250, diabetes reversed
… manufacturing my own testosterone
… physical strength, muscle, flexibility
… pain free and infection free
… able to walk 4 miles in an hour w/o trouble
… all the sleep I need each night
… REM & deep sleep in normal benchmarks
RD blog = commonplace notebook. How.
– I am committed to feeling younger.
– If I am overwhelmed, I am able to hire medical professionals and a personal trainer(s) to help me achieve these goals.

BHAG … I am reversing my aging process, gaining the health of a man half my age.


ARCHITECT OF IDEAS- Creative Writing
Strengthsfinder Learner/Input indulged =
… all blogs are commonplace notebooks
… only write what is pull goals … QNQS
… develop into project/products only in response to viral interest or commercial editorial interest … i.e. in entrepreneurial response to clear market demand. My own personal creative needs are sufficiently met by posting.
Online availability meets Matthew 25 goals.

BHAG … $100,000+ income flow for charity.
– I am committed to responding productively to the Marketplace, but not overdoing it.
– If the market demand is bigger than I can fulfill (a possible source of fear), I can hire writers and editors to assume the workload and bless the economy of my neighbors and neighborhood.

MARRIAGE- MRS, Emotional Wellness
Hot Monogamy: happening in real life
… better than anything I can read. (BHAG)
My ancient emotional deficits filled & whole.
… infatuation, mother’s love adoration
… learn about fun, play, friendship
RD blog = commonplace notebook
– I am committed to my wife and increasing our satisfaction with life … more love, joy and peace for us both. More romance & sex.
– I live a balanced life free from drama.
– I am committed to Sabbath (but need to learn how to implement it in my life.)

BHAG – ?


PRODUCTIVITY
RD blog = commonplace notebook
Quality SHALOM System. Flywheel life.
– I am committed to increasing my productivity to run smoothly, being effortlessly effective and efficient. Flywheel.
– I am committed to more and better results at less personal cost. Smooth running.
– I am committed to reducing crisis, stress and drama in my daily life.
– I am committed to reducing codependency, rescuing and overfunctioning in my daily life.

BHAG
– I am committed to reducing my personal work by working through others whom I supervise.
– I love the idea of providing jobs and salaries for many people. As cash flow increased (a possible source of fear), I would start a foundation to bless my neighbors. As cash flow increased, I would buy a bank and help fund new businesses. No amount of money would overwhelm my life, even billions of dollars, as it would immediately flow from me into other productive and profitable endeavors to bless my community.



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What is the mental model of the Morning Clean Routine?

Morning Clean Routine

Simple Daily Rules
Daily and Weekly Recipes

Morning Clean Routine
Make coffee or tea or not.
Record weight, BS, sleep
Copy Daily Examen to Journey
Select Creative Project for day

Watch by meds.
Shave
Shower, head to toe
Comb hair
Clean teeth, mouthwash
Take meds, put on watch
Underwear
Deodorant
Shirt, Pants, Shoes
Jump Drive
Kisses


Natural planning model:
Defining purpose and principles

Outcome visioning

Brainstorming

Organizing

Identifying next actions


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What is the mental model of the GREAT QUESTIONS – SHALOM?

GREAT QUESTIONS – SHALOM
“What’s the ONE Thing I can do / such that by doing it / everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

Solve problems
– Diabetes
– ED
(Methods: Sleep, lose weight, exercise, fasting)

Harvest opportunities

Achieve goals
– Growing church


Love those who love me
– MRS with Kim

Organize my life with questions
– What is the purpose of blogs and writing?


Manage my life with systems
– Morning Clean Routine
– Evening Clean Routine
– Morning Prep Office Routine

– OTHER RECIPES
– Investment Review Routine
– Tech Backup Routine

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What is the mental model of the GTD/NPM: PA: Circles + Listening =?

GTD/NPM: PA: Circles + Listening =

Focus: GTD/NPM Focus: CHURCH – Orientation to Pastoral Work, PA: Circles + Listening =


GTD – the Natural Planning Model
BORING: to be disinterested in my people. To be a hireling.
EXCITING: I emotionally respond to the joys and sorrows of my flock. I differentiate while remaining in touch. I know the condition of my flocks. I express my CliftonStrengths; I learn, see patterns, discern individuality and understand how to support and lead my people.
HOPE:

Step 1: Defining Purpose and Principles
This was a fun one. I got out a blank sheet of paper and wrote at the top: “If I were to feel thrilled about my life each day, what would it look like?” I know this list could go on and on, but I tried to keep it simple, basically entailing things like having a healthy, clean environment, building strong relationships, spending my time on meaningful projects (that can only be done by me–delegating everything else), nurturing my mind, body, and spirit, and living a life filled with purpose.

Step 2: Outcome Visioning
As I looked over the list from Step 1, I started envisioning how this “new life” would be (and how it would not be) … Really seeing these things is empowering.

Step 3: Brainstorming
With this vision fresh on my mind, I started seven small mind maps–encapsulating all the actions and characteristics I want to translate into habits.

Step 4: Organizing
Here’s where I took all those principles, dreams, and brainstorms and translated them into a very doable list.

Step 5: Identifying Next Actions
Before placing these four items onto my “Current Projects” List, I identified my Next Actions and put them on my context-based list.

August 19 Reboot:

Tiny Habits:
Anchor: When I …
Behavior: I will …
Celebrate: And celebrate by …

1 Thing options for this area:

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