I am reminded of a title of a book by Marshall Goldsmith. What Got You Here Won't Get You There, and while stuffed full of leadership wisdom, I just want to focus on the title of the book. Let's just pick the last 30 years here and apply the title to what we know. What got us Here—to 2016—won't get us There—our destiny, our aspirational future. So what's next? This is your church. It will be your church after I am gone. What is your future? How will you shape your destiny? How will you get to There? The one thing I can say for sure is that you will not get There doing the things that got you Here (a.k.a. "We've always done it this way.") So, I prepared a guide—an assessment (click button below) to help you. When I came in September, I made a promise to you all—to care for you. This assessment is just one of those ways of caring for you, and of acknowledging that you are my life's work and the church is yours. Let's take a peek via the Executive Summary:
An Executive Summary with nothing but questions? Yeah. How Unitarian.
Come in and have all your answers questioned.
Engaging these issues will help you become more attractive to the professional religious education talent that you will seek next year and lead, I believe, to a fuller expression of your mission: “Connect. Inspire. Serve.” Some of these issues, leadership is already working on; some are new conversations. All life is Interim. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? What's next? How can I help?
Interim Director of Children and Youth Ministries