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NEXT Church Regional

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MaryAnn McKibben Dana

on 5 November 2012

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What is your biggest challenge? Leadership at the Speed of Change re-envisioning
the gospel 11. act now Stacy Johnson, NEXT Gathering 2012 who is our neighbor? the first rule of improv:
to yes-and the structure
at Idylwood 4. start anywhere 6. pay attention
7. face facts it is solved by walking... -Augustine Exodus?
Canaanite Woman? an improviser: awake, not self focused, moved by a desire to do something useful and to give back, and who acts on this impulse Improv Wisdom:
Patricia Ryan Madsen Begin with what seems obvious.
Once it is under way, any task seems smaller. 5. be average 1. say yes
2. don't prepare
3. just show up outside the box:
"The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust The church will continue to flourish to the extent that it can learn to improvise in a constantly changing culture. no "fried mermaid"!
(give the obvious a try) "long loving look at the real":
Jesuit theologian Walter Burghardt what else could this be? 9. wake up to the gifts ways of looking at a situation:
1. to see what's wrong with it
(CRITICAL method, "self" looms large)
2. to see it objectively
(SCIENTIFIC method, "self" and "other" disappear)
3. to see the gift in it
(IMPROVISER'S method, "other" looms large) calling all engineers! 8. stay the course
(but the course is change) 10. make mistakes (please) "the team that makes the most mistakes is going to win." John Wooden TA-DAH!!!!!!!!! 12. take care of each other 13. enjoy the ride! “One of the things I know about [ministry] is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place... give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better.”
-Annie Dillard
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