When I wanted to figure skate in my 20’s, I bought ice skates and a book. The book was well-written, complete with pics and detailed explanations. While it helped me with Figure 8’s, I don’t think I would have ever landed jumps successfully until I took lessons and hired a coach. Having a live experience, versus simply reading, accelerated my growth, produced results and prevented a lot of unnecessary pain. The Intensive Training had the same level of impact.
We Rolled Up Our Sleeves and Got Into the Nitty Gritty
At the Intensive, we dove into what it takes to implement a cultural change in which the entire church shifts its mindset and operations to focus on reaching people outside the walls in a natural and organic way. This powerful two days of training and discussions enabled me to
- See first-hand what good execution looks like as we witnessed live cluster and influence team meetings.
- Identify nuances in implementation that are critical to success.
- Ask questions to understand how the concepts apply to groups I am working with.
- Discern best approaches in different situations by learning from Kevin and Walt’s wisdom and experience with many different types of churches.
- Build critical relationships with other leaders who will be resources now and in the future.
We Dealt With the Tough Issues of Shifting Culture
Each participant had different takeaways and “aha moments” pertinent to their personal situation and organizational setting. For me, Kevin’s simple phrase “you can’t live what you don’t lead” really resonated personally; I have also used it with clients. These plain truths are powerful because they are so simple and often overlooked. In my experience as an organizational change consultant, this inability or unwillingness to “walk the talk” by any of the leadership can easily undermine a change effort.
Moreover, simple to understand doesn’t mean easy to implement. That was the most significant value contribution for me at the Intensive. It dealt head-on with the more difficult aspects of shifting the church’s culture. We were challenged (in a most loving way) to look in the mirror and ask, “Am I living this? Are we doing the right things?” The instructors shared tips on how to influence, with and without authority, to get others to shift their thoughts and behaviors.
5 Simple Actions Can Maximize the Value Received
If you are considering implementing Organic Outreach®, I would highly recommend attending the Intensive. It is an excellent investment because it will help you bear fruit sooner as well as save you time and resources on the backend. To maximize your gain, I highly encourage you to
- Write down questions as you read the books before going to the conference.
- Develop learning goals prior to the experience.
- Identify specific challenges you face that you need help with.
- Get to breakfast sessions early so you have ample time to build relationships with other leaders and learn from each other.
- Pray for protection because what you will learn and be able to do as a result of the Intensive has the potential for bringing many people into God’s Kingdom, and Satan will fight you every step.
When you go, strap in and buckle up, because you are in for the ride of your life!
Loriana Sekarski is President of BONSAI, a leadership coaching and consulting business. She is a leadership, engagement and soft skills expert. Loriana and her husband Patrick have been teaching Organic Outreach® and implementing its principles in their home state of Missouri.
Editor’s Note: We have several Organic Outreach® Intensive Trainings planned in California and the Midwest in 2018. For a full listing, visit: www.OrganicOutreach.org/organic-outreach-intensive-training.
If you are interested in hosting an Intensive at your church, contact Robin Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org.