The Role of
Pastor in Times
of Change
Dr. Patrick Keifert
Dr. Patricia Taylor Ellison
Church Innovations Institute
copyright 2010 church innovations institute
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Who is
Church Innovations Institute?
• innovating your church’s capacities to be
renewed in God’s mission
• The Partnership for Missional Church
– a 3-5 year journey of spiritual discernment
taken by local churches in clusters of 12-15
seeking God’s call to their congregation into
God’s mission
Where have we worked?
• North American churches since 1980
Mostly on the margins
– Mennonites, Church of Christ, also old-line
protestant (Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian),
few old-line evangelical
– center city, rural, some suburban
– smaller congregations, some larger
Where have we worked?
• southern African churches since 2002 in
clusters that deliberately cross lines
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cultural
ethnic
language
denomination
• newly launched in the United Kingdom
The Partnership for
Missional Church
Phase 4
Learning
& Growing
Phase 3
Phase 2
Visioning for
Embodiment
Missional
Experimenting
Phase 1
Discovering
our Partners
The Partnership for
Missional Church
Phase 4
Learning &
Growing
Phase 3
Phase 2
Visioning for
Embodiment
Missional
Experimenting
RISKING
Phase 1
Discovering our
Partners
LISTENING
BECOMING
FOCUSING
Phase One
The first phase, Discovering Your Partners,
assists the local church and its leaders to
discover its partners inside and outside.
LISTENING
Phase Two
The second phase, Missional Experimenting,
guides those partners in experimenting with
some challenges facing the local church in
walking into God’s preferred and promised
future.
RISKING
Phase Three
The third phase, Visioning for Embodiment,
learns from the second and puts that sense of
missional vocation tempered by the
experiments in the second phase into a plan of
action .
FOCUSING
Phase Four
The fourth phase, Learning and Growing, helps
the local church embody the larger sense of
missional vocation .
BECOMING
Throughout the four phases, mentors and
teachers are discerned, coached, and
trained to pass on their good habits and
capacities for innovating a missional
church. This is called Sharing and
Mentoring, and it goes on throughout the
Partnership voyage.
During the journey through the PMC,
at least 5 things happen with pastors:
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The pastor establishes the emotional field within
which change takes place in the local church.
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The pastor can have high influence on process or
high influence on outcome.
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We encourage the pastor to use that influence on
process, functioning as the spiritual leader and
teacher rather than the governor.
During the journey through the PMC,
several things happen with pastors:
• The pastor must establish beforehand what possible
outcomes would place him or her in statu
confessiones and thus she or he could NOT support.
• The pastor needs a God-centered self-definition
which allows both healthy distancing as well as
staying in touch.
Spiritual Leaders’ Time through the
12
Phases of PMC
Phase 4: Becoming
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Help spiritual leaders really grow into
their role of evangelical public leaders
in mission…
Phase 2: Risking
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Help spiritual leaders attend to
their role as …
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5
10
4
2
Phase 3: Focusing 8
Help spiritual leaders turn the
congregation’s expectations...
Phase 1: Listening
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Help spiritual leaders get first things
first…
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Phase One
Listening
Help spiritual leaders
• get first things first
• attend to the personal
• build/strengthen their theocentric
self-definition
by means of deep listening and action-reflection
learning with a twin
Phase Two
Risking
Help spiritual leaders
• attend to their role as public leaders who guide
the formation of Christian community through
one-on-one skills
• use the stability from their theocentric selfdefinition to lead through risk and change
by means of deep listening and action-reflection
learning with a twin
Phase Three
Focusing
Help spiritual leaders
• turn the congregation’s expectations for them
toward the role of leader in the formation of
Christian community
• build on their theocentric self-definition and
experience of leading through risk
by means of deep listening and action-reflection
learning with a twin
Phase Four
Becoming
Help spiritual leaders
• really grow into their role of evangelical public
leaders in mission as the whole congregation
grows into their missional vocation
• build on their theocentric self-definition and
experience of leading through risk
by means of deep listening and action-reflection
learning with a twin
A Day for Spiritual Leaders includes
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Dwelling in the Word
Meet with Accountability Partner
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Spiritual Practices
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Spiritual Leadership in Change
Reflection on Congregation’s Recent
Work
How do you do these things?
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