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 …”

Understanding personal and congregational loss. (1 of 3)
NACOS 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.”

NACOS 3.1: Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype (1 of 1)

The Diffusion of Innovations Adopter Framework. (1 of 8)
NACOS 4.1: A Parable: The Stainless Steel Church

Instructor for the 12/13 Session – Contact information:
David O Kueker (pronounced “key-ker”)
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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