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Activity 6: Keeping Priorities Straight In Congregations
Activity time: 25 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Handout 1, Health Versus the Push to Accomplish Things
- 9x12-inch construction paper and markers and/or color pencils for all participants
- Newsprint, markers and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Prepare Handout 1 for all participants.
- Pre-arrange with a volunteer to read the handout aloud.
- Arrange the space so participants have room to draw and share materials.
- Post blank newsprint.
Description of Activity
Introduce this activity:
As congregational leaders, we must be aware that we are role models. Our actions can add to or decrease the stress of others. How we handle situations that arise sets the tone for how others respond. It is important to realize that each individual responds to situations differently. Situations that seem overwhelming and highly stressful to one person may provide exactly the challenge another person seeks. By providing direction and a supportive atmosphere, a leader can significantly contribute to a more effective, thoughtful and positive experience for all involved.
Distribute Handout 1. Invite a participant to read it aloud. Then invite two or three minutes of comment. Ask:
- What would the congregation need to do to keep its priorities straight?
- What would that look like in this congregation?
Invite participants to move to a space where they will be able to think and draw. Ask them to create a drawing of a congregation that has its priorities straight. The drawing can be abstract or representational, and stick figures and symbols are welcome. Make markers or color pencils and construction paper available. Allow ten minutes for drawing.
Re-gather the group and invite each person to share their drawing.
You may want to record ideas on newsprint and save it for a time when the leadership group has a retreat or a goals setting meeting.