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Activity 1: It's Not My Problem!

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Arrange in advance for a participant to read the story aloud.

Description of Activity

As a volunteer reads the story to the group, ask participants to consider "drops of honey" that have caused unforeseen reactions or consequences in their family, their workplace or the congregation. Allow a minute or so for reflection, but do not ask for responses. Instead, invite participants to carry their examples and stories in their minds as you move through the workshop. Say, in your own words:

This workshop explores system thinking, the idea that all parts of the congregation are connected. Leaders need to examine all changes and all presenting issues in congregational life by looking at the congregation as a system.

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