My ongoing quest to help people not suck at their jobs
I want to create a repository of practical tools and biblical insights concerning the spiritual life of a congregation.
OTHER PROPOSED SOLUTIONS:
I have to find a model that allows for the hybridization of what we do as pastors.
The purpose of a model is to help others make sense of a huge amount of information. In order to do this, you have to have a framework for them to see inside your head. I’m currently working with 4 major categories: leadership, spirituality, communication, and engagement. But each category has crossover points.
The orrery model for pastoral leadership was a total bust. Too complex. Only I could make sense of it. It was pretty, but dumb.
After an orrery, I tried a 4-way Venn diagram. This also proved to be far too complex for anyone to view and immediately understand.
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com