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Activity 1: Dangers Leaders Face

Activity time: 10 minutes

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Preparation for Activity

  • Copy Handout 1 for all participants.

Description of Activity

Point out that Harvest the Power workshops have emphasized individual integrity, spiritual practice and understanding of faith. Invite participants to take a moment and reflect on how spiritual and emotional health can help a leader deal with challenges. Then invite volunteers to share some of their reflections with the group. If no participant expresses the idea that leaders face risks during times of change in a congregation, raise it yourself.

Distribute Handout 1 and pens/pencils. Ask participants to read the handout and mark any form of "danger" that rings true for them. Perhaps they can imagine examples of those dangers or have faced them in the course of their own leadership. Invite them to place a question mark next to any danger for which they cannot imagine an example or a scenario. Allow five minutes.

Invite participants to comment on the list and raise questions they have about it. Explain that this workshop will explore some of the ways leaders face risk and will help them identify resources, both internal and external, to help them manage their own anxiety and uncertainty in the leadership role.

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