Inviting Potential Leaders to Discern Their Gifts
Anxiety about lack of volunteers and leaders can often lead to treating them as human capital, objects to be managed. Ironically, this anxiety-fueled approach tend to produce disappointing results. Instead, creating a program based on an I-Thou relationship of mutuality, generosity and gratitude can create a culture where people desire to find ways to serve.
Relational Discernment Strategies
- Schedule one-on-ones with members of the congregation to ask them about their passions and how they might be engaged with the mission and vision of the congregation. (see example below)
- Have members take the Centered Leadership series from the UU Leadership Institute. Schedule workshops to discuss the case studies and participate in the activities provided.
- Encourage each leader and potential leaders to develop a personal leadership inventory and learning/serving plan.
- Create leadership study groups where members create relationships of accountability around their learning and serving.