Wednesday, January 22, 2014

pioneering workshop update

Yesterday I led a Pioneering workshop, a day in which I invited the Uniting church in South Australia to reflect on the processes of selection, discernment, training, placing of pioneers in our life.

The “agenda” was 3 questions

  • what are we hearing?
  • what is the biggest question?
  • what could be a next step?

The day was based around hearing from pioneers – their experiences of our system. So we split into 3 groups and each group heard from 2 pioneers, who were asked in about 15 minutes to share their experience. Each group then shared back to main gathering “what are we hearing”? Ben Edson, from the UK was with us and as an external voice, from another church system, provided his feedback.

That was the morning. In the afternoon, I invited people back into the initial groups. Pioneers were still present. Each group was asked to clarify the biggest question needing to be asked as a result of the hearing – a question for selection, for discerning, for training, for placing. Plus an elephant in the room question.

That yielded 15 questions. Those were shared back in the main group and people then gathered around the question that most interested them, to try and come up with a next step. About 8 ideas emerged, all to be directed toward relevant bodies within the church. Some were affirmations, other were significant next steps. Some were quite radical and would lead to major change in our system.

Time will tell the results. But their was a really lovely feel in the room. And it was so lovely to be with 35 people, listening to pioneers share their story.

Posted by steve at 06:51 AM


  1. Thanks for this positive post Steve. Sounds like an interesting way the day was structured and as you say time will tell…….pioneers, its a word that has so many connotations, an interesting choice for this context.

    Comment by Jenny B — January 22, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

  2. The word pioneering did attract some discussion and one recommendation was to seek indigineous and multi-cultural perspectives. At the same time, it is a word used of Jesus in Hebrews,


    Comment by steve — January 22, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

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