NACOS 0.4 PREFACE
The agenda for our Zoom discussion on Sunday, Dec 13, 1-4 pm
(Followed by closing worship)
David O Kueker – Recognizing Patterns in Congregational Life Regarding Grief, Change, Conflict and COVID. This live session will cover three topics related to how congregations respond to anxiety, tragedy, grief, change and conflict. We’ll spend about an hour on each on 12/13.
Question #1. Ministry with loss:
What losses have you dealt with personally in the COVID pandemic?
What are the losses that your congregation has dealt with?
How have you observed people who are enmeshed in one of the four tasks of mourning?
How could you help them move onward?
(Name a person you know, identify the task of mourning in which they are enmeshed, explain how you would interact with them.)
Question #2. Ministry in “interesting” times:
(Seasons of great adjustments to change.)
What is the level of anxiety in your congregation related to the coronavirus pandemic?
What is the topic of the anxiety? The level of pressure and urgency?
What solution are people pushing to resolve their anxiety?
(Name a person you know, identify the specific anxiety in which they are enmeshed, explain how you would interact with them.)
Question #3. Ministry with systemic resistance to change:
Consider the five adopter categories … how do you see people in these roles interacting in your congregation in regard to the changes forced upon us by the coronavirus pandemic?
Does one category seem to represent the majority of your congregation?
What is your adopter category?
Explain your strategy for pastoral care of the people acting out the majority adopter category in your congregation.