CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE MISSION DEVELOPER
- Having a desire to do well and a commitment to excellence.
- Persistence and stick-to-it-tiveness.
- A self-starter with initiative and aggressiveness to complete the various tasks necessary for development.
- An understanding and willingness to work hard with long hours at times inconvenient to other obligations.
- The ability to build from scratch out of nothing.
II.Building Body Cohesiveness
- Seek unity ofaction and allows for differences.
- Ability to test ideas and directions with others before commitment to action.
- Commitment to building a core group of leaders who will give directions for this ministry.
- Discernment in understanding dissension and disagreement and utilizing conflict.
- The ability to use candor and compassion.
- A commitment to shared vision for mission and ministry.
- Care in building connectedness between members for this ministry.
- Ability in overcoming dissension.
III.Commitment to Church Growth
- Belief that God wants the church to grow.
- Appreciates continuous learning from those committed to church growth by seeking their knowledge.
- Establish the goal of becoming self-reliant within a specific a specific period of time based on theological principles of good stewardship.
- Avoidance of ministry maintenance behavior.
- Seeing the development of this congregation within the larger context of God’s kingdom.
- Sees growth possibilities in faith, infrastructure and numbers.
- The ability to project into the future a positive vision beyond the present reality.
- The ability to analyze the situation, set goals that have enough difference to motivate people to action.
- Develop plans and priorities to implement actions for growth.
- The Ability to market their visions and support for implementation by others.
- The ability to cope with those who limit of shoot down ideas by adjusting and redeveloping their vision.
V.Responsiveness to the Community
- Understanding of the culture of the community served.
- Identify leaders who are effective in the community.
- Identifying and assessing community needs. Sees the congregation’s ministry making a difference in the community.
- Responding to community needs on a priority basis utilizing the resources of the community in meeting those needs.
- Identifying the contribution of the gathered membership of the congregation to meeting community needs.
- Knowing clearly the contribution of the church to meeting community needs.
- Developing a pastoral and congregational role for leadership in the community.
- Adapting theology of ministry to the character of the community.
- Committed to seeking and serving justice.
VI.Creating Ownership of Ministry
- Committed to building on ideas and contributions of others so that the final product will be stronger and better than their own imagination.
- Gaining commitment of people to the vision, recruiting their energy for he implementation of the vision.
- Developing congregational identity that includes the identities of the members.
- Neither moving so fast as to leave members behind, nor committed to unrealistic goals that cannot claim their ownership.
- Discovering and empowering people to utilize their gifts in ministry.
- Discerning the spiritual gift of others.
- Matching the gifts of people with the opportunity for ministry in the congregation and community.
- Delegating effectively to other task that the developer likes to do in order that the totality of ministry is implemented.
- Avoiding personal overload and equipping others to implement mission.
- Carefully assigning and equipping persons so that they may be effective in the task of ministry.
- Seeing the giftedness of others as God’s call to expand the mission of the congregation.
- Responding with urgency to expressed needs and concerns of people.
- Displaying Godly love and compassion to people. Showing hospitality.
- Listening actively to where people are and building relationship in response to their concerns and commitments.
- Getting to know people on a personal basis.
- Making others feel secure and comfortable in the presence of the mission developer.
- Not responding judgementally or prejudicially to newcomers or persons not like the average members.
- Appreciating and accepting the diversity of persons for their own value.
- Spending quality time with parishioners and unchurched people without being defensive about the demands on their time.
- Knows and uses boundaries in relationships that maintain the integrity as value of others.
- Coping effectively with ambiguity.
- Able to deal with interruption, constant and abrupt change and multiple demands.
- Adapting one’s self and one’s methods to the unique particular needs of this mission.
- Ability to shift priorities while maintaining consistency of commitment to the overall purpose of mission development.
- Knowing the difference between compromise and caving in so that the mission developer has not lost sight of the gold sod the development.
X.Spousal Cooperation (If married)
- Having explicitly understanding between special partners regarding respective roles and involvement in the ministry.
- Having special rules regarding the use of the home as and office.
- Evaluating the consequences of ministry demands upon the family, and providing for quality time with family members, collectively and individually.
- Functioning as a team through both individual and collective action in support of the ministry.
- Having a strategy for dealing with conflict.
- Having a strategy for dealing with strangers and interruptions.
- Modeling wholesome family life before the church and community.
- Agreeing upon the vision for mission development.
- Deliberately planning and protecting private space and time for the family and its individual members.
XI.Reaching the Unchurched
- Using words and behaving in a way that communicates to unchurched people the truth of the Gospel.
- The ability to witness with unchurched persons without the demeaning or judging them as people, separating their condition from their person.
- Comfort in functioning in the arena where unchurched persons live.
- Building relationship with unchurched persons on a personal level.
- Breaking through the barriers erect by unchurched people of their image of the church and Christianity and inviting people to participate in the Christian community.
- Handling crisis faced by unchurched people as a witness of Christ’s ministry.
- Communicating clearly tounchurched and the churched alike so that both will understand each other and the importance of the faith.
- Respecting and knowing persons who are unchurched.
- Cope with experience of set backs without defeat.
- Ability to manage both the exciting ups and the depressing downs of ministry.
- Expecting the unexpected and making the most of it.
- Looking for opportunities where others see defeat, looking for possibility when others see problems.
- Rebounding from loss, disappointments and failures.
- Seeking out a spiritual counselor to aid in reflection of crisis situations.
XIII. Exercises Faith
- A clear understanding of the faith of the Christian church.
- The ability to exercise their faith in clear proclamation and deeds.
- Demonstrating personal faith in prayer and stewardship and the management of their resources (money and time).
- Exercising a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ and equipping others in joining in that faith and the ministry of God.
- Helping others to grow in their faith as life long learning.
- Helping people focus on the essential principles and experiences of the Christian faith.
XIV. Multicultural Ministry
- Judging the cultural context, seeking justice and accepting people.
- Affirming culture as gift of God to which Jesus comes ministry.
- A commitment to the gifts of all persons and the diversity of persons as it contributes to the wholeness of ministry.
- An understanding that all ministry must be cross-cultural in order to experience being whole.
- Commitment to bringing people of diversity together in order to better express the faith of the church.
- Facilitating persons to express their understanding of faith and life.
- Willingness to face and overcome their racism.
XV. Commitment to the ELCA
- Commitment to the ELCA as a corporate expression of ministry.
- Able to be critical of the church but committed to is future through development and change.
- Committed to involvement of self and members of the congregation in ministry beyond the local congregation.
- The ability to change the direction of the church if change is necessary.
- Knowing that God calls the church into being as servant of God’s mission.
- Development of the congregation’s commitment to the ministry of the church.