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SBC21 takes on RETHINK CHURCH

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Lately there has been a buzzing questions throughout the United Methodist Church that simply asks, “What if we Rethink Church”? The Rethink Church Campaign encourages the practice of out-of-building ministry experiences 365 days-a-year, helping others to find a spiritual journey to call their own. The message of Rethinking Church has made its way to the leadership of SBC21 to RETHINK its methods of designing and delivering effective training events to its partner congregations. Earlier in the year, SBC21 hosted its first Summit with Annual Conferences to talk about what working together would look like. As a result of the March 2010 National Summit, SBC21 has officially partnered with10 annual conferences and will be working closely to design training events for these conferences. SBC21 Welcomes the following partnerships: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Alabama West Florida North Alabama South Carolina North Georgia Oklahoma

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

BLACK CLERGY WOMEN

Restoring the Joy ANNUAL CONFERENCE

If your conference is interested in knowing more about the SBC21 and Annual Conference partnership, email fallen@gbod.org.

Executive Committee

July 7-9

Enhanced accountability brings about effectivness

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

SBC21 takes on RETHINK CHURCH PAGE FOUR

Dr. Fred A. Allen, National Director

Continuing To Chart New Courses of Action September 6-8, 2010 Nashville, TN

For more information visit www.blackclergywomenumc.com

CONGREGATION RESOURCE CENTER

North Texas Ministry Center Plano, Texas

ALWFL Conference/SBC Training

July 22-24

Montgomery, AL

Black Clergy Women Conference

September 6-8

Nashville, TN

Coordinating Committee

September 16-18

Millennium Maxwell House

South Carolina Conference/SBC21

September 23-25

Columbia, SC

General Board Of Discipleship P.O. Box 340003 Nashville, TN 37203-0003

PAGE TWO

THE NEWSLETTER FOR HOPE, HEALING & WHOLENESS

2010 SBC21 CALENDAR TRAINING DATE

BISHOP’S CORNER

PAGE THREE

SBC 21 Advance Number is: 194815 Check made out to GCFA and in the memo line put the number 194815

FOCUS AREAS

Inside this issue

SUMMER 2010

on

Peninsula-Delaware Little Rock Kentucky East Ohio Detroit

“We believe that the partnerships with Annual Conferences can be very effective and will yield tangible results of revitalization and growth, said Fred Allen, National Director of SBC21. “Our goal is to covenant with these conferences and by doing so, it doubles our resources to provide solid training and follow-up for growth and development of not only our partner congregations, but churches in the annual conference as well.

P.O. Box 340003 Nashville, TN 37203-0003 Toll 877.899.2780 Ext.1722 www.sbc21.org

2010 SBC21 Calendar

“I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. Isaiah 43:19 (CEV)

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harting the course entails the creation of new CRC strategies and approaches that blends the best practices across all major competencies of a vital congregation. Moving forward, SBC 21 is expecting more from each CRC and with this expectation the national office is providing new resources and technology to assist in this effort. With the assistance of resources and experts in the field of organizational learning and communication, a comprehensive strategy has been created to enhance the CRC experience and drive results. This new approach is providing an infrastructure designed to expose partner churches to new ministries and provide support and follow-up through the completion of mutually agreed upon goals. One of the aspects of this strategy is: New Accountability – After attending a CRC event it is the expectation of SBC21 that a covenant is agreed upon and goals are met in order to translate characteristics of the CRC to the Partner Church. It will be the responsibility of the CRC to model the way and facilitate the generation of ideas that will be implemented at the PC as well as follow

the PC to successful implementation of their ministry goals. Each CRC will help the PCs that are attending their event create goals for implementation. This will allow for accountability and SBC21 will assist in the follow-up and achievement of the goals. The CRC will partner with the PC for a time not less than one year….but during that year will stay engaged with the PC through monthly review of goals and progress of their goals. This process will provide support and strategic allocation of resources that will ensure desired outcomes. These are very exciting days and pivotal times for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century. More than 10 years SBC21 has provided a critical service to our church, the whole UMC; and historically the Black church has built and sustained a vital and strong foundation for making a greater and more prophetic witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. However, today the Black Church is faced with many serious issues such as: it is perceived by many as irrelevant; evidence of declining membership; closing and dying churches; clergy and Lay class division, and lack of resources, to name a few. These issues continued on page 2

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BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE MINISTRY CONTACT the National SBC21 Office today at 615.340.1722 to become a partner church!

Also, visit the

SBC21 web site at www.sbc21.org to download the congregational-community profile form which is the first step to becoming a partner church.

The mission of Strengthening Black Church for the 21st Century is to transform, to revitalize, to nurture, to build and sustain strong

Black

Congregations

for making a greater and more prophetic

witness

for

Christ in the world today.

Jesus


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BISHOP’S CORNER

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, SBC21 Chair

Evaluations lead to Progress

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omeone has said that the key to good planning is to recognize that before planning happens, there must be a time for evaluating the programs of ministry that are presently functioning. Equally important is the need for dreaming or visioning what could be or ought to be. When we evaluate, we are making a judgment (good or bad). While we know that attendance at sponsored training events may be important for a program to succeed, we actually need both quantitative and qualitative insights before we make judgments. It’s important to know what our goals are. We need to know whether we are making a difference in the lives of others. Evaluation must be ongoing. Evaluation may lead us to initiate a new program or a new project; continued evaluation helps us keep the new program or project on track. Visioning helps us to be proactive in the arena in which SBC 21 is estab-

Courses of action

lished. Hence, we evaluate we dream, and we plan for training events that will strongly attract the participation of local congregations. SBC 21 is keenly aware of the fact that people will support what they have helped to plan. Therefore, as Chairman of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21), I want to ask you to respond to five questions about SBC 21: (1) What do you like about the mission of SBC 21? (2) What do you like about our CRC Training program? (3) What would you like to see improved? (4) Are we meeting your needs and the needs of your congregation to help you reach your mission field? (5) Are there changes you would like to see made? Send your responses to Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen, National Director by email to fallen@gbod.org.

Your evaluation and visioning is essential to our planning process. You can be assured that your responses will be taken seriously, and Dr. Allen and the SBC 21 Coordinating Committee will make every effort to honor each suggestion. We know that the needs of our partners continue to evolve, and the bar for quality service continues to rise. And so we take a deep breath, giving praise to God for the opportunity and offering thanks to our colleagues in ministry for all that we’ve been able to accomplish together. Then we set our sights outward and press forward with determination, full of expectation that even now—especially now—“something better might emerge.”

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have made it a challenge to recruit, nurture, and retain clergy while asserting accountability and active levels of participation in all phases of the life and ministry of local congregations. This is the call of SBC21 and the call of all Congregation Resource Centers (CRC) and Partner Congregations (PC). Our challenge is great but our mission is simple! To partner strategically with Annual Conference Cabinets, Connectional Ministries, urban, suburban and rural black congregations to succeed in equipping and empowering all age level constituents with practical tools and application of biblical, theological and sociological skills and values needed for experiencing consistent and meaningful creative worship, diligent in evangelism, discipleship, stewardship, mission,

outreach and administration. SBC 21 continues to chart a course of action that redefines outcomes and deliverables! Its CRC training events are equipping PCs in reaching the highest levels of sustained ministries that result in transformation of local congregations as prescribed in the 2009 – 2012 SBC21 Program Initiative. Following are a few strategies and tactics that are helping to achieve our goals: • Participating congregations are being introduced to new paradigms, new concepts, new technology and levels of accountability that will make the greatest impact for transforming black congregations. • CRCs and PCs are expected to share with constituents and colleagues those training event experiences, components/ tools that work best and to introduce

2

their ideas for continued improvement and success. • Program participants are taught and empowered to incorporate impactful training techniques including utilization of technology, coaching and other available resources into the life and ministry of their local church environment. • Moreover, in consultation with the national office of SBC 21 CRCs and PCs have established specific and measurable goals (quantitative and qualitative) for purposes of making annual and quadrennial reports. Thank you for joining us in our mission not just to strengthen the black church, but also to strengthen the United Methodist Church.

Enhanced accountability brings about increased effectiveness

A

s the initiative of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) continues to focus on accountability and improved program deliverables, “out with the old and in with the new” is the directive from the Program Committee of SBC21. Over the past several months Fred Allen, National Executive Director for SBC21 has led a design team in developing enhanced tools for establishing more effective relationships between the CRCs, PCs and the national office, and thus more consistency in producing measurable program results and effective outcomes. “After attending a training event, most of our Partner Churches overwhelmingly walk away with excitement and eagerness to apply event learning tools in various concentrated areas of their local church ministries. “Our goal is to ensure that next steps and the followup process are defined in ways that will enable the CRCs to easily maintain their excitement and moreover, that PCs will experience sustained growth and revitalization,” said Allen. The SBC21 program committee has adopted a process by which new follow-up methods and strategy is now a primary responsibility of CRCs. Program Committee Chair Rev. Rose Booker-Jones says that CRCs will be expected to assume increased coaching responsibilities for strengthening Partner Churches that are assigned to them. The process includes pertinent strategies that will happen in three phases: (1) Pre-CRC training event contact, (2) Onsite event contact, and (3) Post CRC event contact. The new and expanded role of CRCs will

Dr. Allen addressing Partner Church members be executed in the context of coaching and hence will result in more effective measurement of specific PC goals, says Booker-Jones. “These CRC contact/Coaches will have more defined roles and responsibilities and will receive additional training in effective coaching methodologies”. New 30/60/90 day followup plans and instruments have been developed and result tracking will continue for at least one year. Simultaneously, the same time the PC will establish a point of contact that will be the conduit to the CRC Coach and the SBC21 office. The process for the new accountability and follow-up will be facilitated through monthly journals, and reports from coaches. The tools will be easy, efficient and available on Partner Church participants attending the latest training sessions the SBC21 website. To learn more about the new CRC and PC responsibilities, please visit www.sbc21.org.

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BISHOP’S CORNER

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, SBC21 Chair

Evaluations lead to Progress

S

omeone has said that the key to good planning is to recognize that before planning happens, there must be a time for evaluating the programs of ministry that are presently functioning. Equally important is the need for dreaming or visioning what could be or ought to be. When we evaluate, we are making a judgment (good or bad). While we know that attendance at sponsored training events may be important for a program to succeed, we actually need both quantitative and qualitative insights before we make judgments. It’s important to know what our goals are. We need to know whether we are making a difference in the lives of others. Evaluation must be ongoing. Evaluation may lead us to initiate a new program or a new project; continued evaluation helps us keep the new program or project on track. Visioning helps us to be proactive in the arena in which SBC 21 is estab-

Courses of action

lished. Hence, we evaluate we dream, and we plan for training events that will strongly attract the participation of local congregations. SBC 21 is keenly aware of the fact that people will support what they have helped to plan. Therefore, as Chairman of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21), I want to ask you to respond to five questions about SBC 21: (1) What do you like about the mission of SBC 21? (2) What do you like about our CRC Training program? (3) What would you like to see improved? (4) Are we meeting your needs and the needs of your congregation to help you reach your mission field? (5) Are there changes you would like to see made? Send your responses to Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen, National Director by email to fallen@gbod.org.

Your evaluation and visioning is essential to our planning process. You can be assured that your responses will be taken seriously, and Dr. Allen and the SBC 21 Coordinating Committee will make every effort to honor each suggestion. We know that the needs of our partners continue to evolve, and the bar for quality service continues to rise. And so we take a deep breath, giving praise to God for the opportunity and offering thanks to our colleagues in ministry for all that we’ve been able to accomplish together. Then we set our sights outward and press forward with determination, full of expectation that even now—especially now—“something better might emerge.”

continued from page 1

have made it a challenge to recruit, nurture, and retain clergy while asserting accountability and active levels of participation in all phases of the life and ministry of local congregations. This is the call of SBC21 and the call of all Congregation Resource Centers (CRC) and Partner Congregations (PC). Our challenge is great but our mission is simple! To partner strategically with Annual Conference Cabinets, Connectional Ministries, urban, suburban and rural black congregations to succeed in equipping and empowering all age level constituents with practical tools and application of biblical, theological and sociological skills and values needed for experiencing consistent and meaningful creative worship, diligent in evangelism, discipleship, stewardship, mission,

outreach and administration. SBC 21 continues to chart a course of action that redefines outcomes and deliverables! Its CRC training events are equipping PCs in reaching the highest levels of sustained ministries that result in transformation of local congregations as prescribed in the 2009 – 2012 SBC21 Program Initiative. Following are a few strategies and tactics that are helping to achieve our goals: • Participating congregations are being introduced to new paradigms, new concepts, new technology and levels of accountability that will make the greatest impact for transforming black congregations. • CRCs and PCs are expected to share with constituents and colleagues those training event experiences, components/ tools that work best and to introduce

2

their ideas for continued improvement and success. • Program participants are taught and empowered to incorporate impactful training techniques including utilization of technology, coaching and other available resources into the life and ministry of their local church environment. • Moreover, in consultation with the national office of SBC 21 CRCs and PCs have established specific and measurable goals (quantitative and qualitative) for purposes of making annual and quadrennial reports. Thank you for joining us in our mission not just to strengthen the black church, but also to strengthen the United Methodist Church.

Enhanced accountability brings about increased effectiveness

A

s the initiative of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) continues to focus on accountability and improved program deliverables, “out with the old and in with the new” is the directive from the Program Committee of SBC21. Over the past several months Fred Allen, National Executive Director for SBC21 has led a design team in developing enhanced tools for establishing more effective relationships between the CRCs, PCs and the national office, and thus more consistency in producing measurable program results and effective outcomes. “After attending a training event, most of our Partner Churches overwhelmingly walk away with excitement and eagerness to apply event learning tools in various concentrated areas of their local church ministries. “Our goal is to ensure that next steps and the followup process are defined in ways that will enable the CRCs to easily maintain their excitement and moreover, that PCs will experience sustained growth and revitalization,” said Allen. The SBC21 program committee has adopted a process by which new follow-up methods and strategy is now a primary responsibility of CRCs. Program Committee Chair Rev. Rose Booker-Jones says that CRCs will be expected to assume increased coaching responsibilities for strengthening Partner Churches that are assigned to them. The process includes pertinent strategies that will happen in three phases: (1) Pre-CRC training event contact, (2) Onsite event contact, and (3) Post CRC event contact. The new and expanded role of CRCs will

Dr. Allen addressing Partner Church members be executed in the context of coaching and hence will result in more effective measurement of specific PC goals, says Booker-Jones. “These CRC contact/Coaches will have more defined roles and responsibilities and will receive additional training in effective coaching methodologies”. New 30/60/90 day followup plans and instruments have been developed and result tracking will continue for at least one year. Simultaneously, the same time the PC will establish a point of contact that will be the conduit to the CRC Coach and the SBC21 office. The process for the new accountability and follow-up will be facilitated through monthly journals, and reports from coaches. The tools will be easy, efficient and available on Partner Church participants attending the latest training sessions the SBC21 website. To learn more about the new CRC and PC responsibilities, please visit www.sbc21.org.

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SBC21 takes on RETHINK CHURCH

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Lately there has been a buzzing questions throughout the United Methodist Church that simply asks, “What if we Rethink Church”? The Rethink Church Campaign encourages the practice of out-of-building ministry experiences 365 days-a-year, helping others to find a spiritual journey to call their own. The message of Rethinking Church has made its way to the leadership of SBC21 to RETHINK its methods of designing and delivering effective training events to its partner congregations. Earlier in the year, SBC21 hosted its first Summit with Annual Conferences to talk about what working together would look like. As a result of the March 2010 National Summit, SBC21 has officially partnered with10 annual conferences and will be working closely to design training events for these conferences. SBC21 Welcomes the following partnerships: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Alabama West Florida North Alabama South Carolina North Georgia Oklahoma

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

BLACK CLERGY WOMEN

Restoring the Joy ANNUAL CONFERENCE

If your conference is interested in knowing more about the SBC21 and Annual Conference partnership, email fallen@gbod.org.

Executive Committee

July 7-9

Enhanced accountability brings about effectivness

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

SBC21 takes on RETHINK CHURCH PAGE FOUR

Dr. Fred A. Allen, National Director

Continuing To Chart New Courses of Action September 6-8, 2010 Nashville, TN

For more information visit www.blackclergywomenumc.com

CONGREGATION RESOURCE CENTER

North Texas Ministry Center Plano, Texas

ALWFL Conference/SBC Training

July 22-24

Montgomery, AL

Black Clergy Women Conference

September 6-8

Nashville, TN

Coordinating Committee

September 16-18

Millennium Maxwell House

South Carolina Conference/SBC21

September 23-25

Columbia, SC

General Board Of Discipleship P.O. Box 340003 Nashville, TN 37203-0003

PAGE TWO

THE NEWSLETTER FOR HOPE, HEALING & WHOLENESS

2010 SBC21 CALENDAR TRAINING DATE

BISHOP’S CORNER

PAGE THREE

SBC 21 Advance Number is: 194815 Check made out to GCFA and in the memo line put the number 194815

FOCUS AREAS

Inside this issue

SUMMER 2010

on

Peninsula-Delaware Little Rock Kentucky East Ohio Detroit

“We believe that the partnerships with Annual Conferences can be very effective and will yield tangible results of revitalization and growth, said Fred Allen, National Director of SBC21. “Our goal is to covenant with these conferences and by doing so, it doubles our resources to provide solid training and follow-up for growth and development of not only our partner congregations, but churches in the annual conference as well.

P.O. Box 340003 Nashville, TN 37203-0003 Toll 877.899.2780 Ext.1722 www.sbc21.org

2010 SBC21 Calendar

“I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. Isaiah 43:19 (CEV)

C

harting the course entails the creation of new CRC strategies and approaches that blends the best practices across all major competencies of a vital congregation. Moving forward, SBC 21 is expecting more from each CRC and with this expectation the national office is providing new resources and technology to assist in this effort. With the assistance of resources and experts in the field of organizational learning and communication, a comprehensive strategy has been created to enhance the CRC experience and drive results. This new approach is providing an infrastructure designed to expose partner churches to new ministries and provide support and follow-up through the completion of mutually agreed upon goals. One of the aspects of this strategy is: New Accountability – After attending a CRC event it is the expectation of SBC21 that a covenant is agreed upon and goals are met in order to translate characteristics of the CRC to the Partner Church. It will be the responsibility of the CRC to model the way and facilitate the generation of ideas that will be implemented at the PC as well as follow

the PC to successful implementation of their ministry goals. Each CRC will help the PCs that are attending their event create goals for implementation. This will allow for accountability and SBC21 will assist in the follow-up and achievement of the goals. The CRC will partner with the PC for a time not less than one year….but during that year will stay engaged with the PC through monthly review of goals and progress of their goals. This process will provide support and strategic allocation of resources that will ensure desired outcomes. These are very exciting days and pivotal times for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century. More than 10 years SBC21 has provided a critical service to our church, the whole UMC; and historically the Black church has built and sustained a vital and strong foundation for making a greater and more prophetic witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. However, today the Black Church is faced with many serious issues such as: it is perceived by many as irrelevant; evidence of declining membership; closing and dying churches; clergy and Lay class division, and lack of resources, to name a few. These issues continued on page 2

1

PAGE FOUR

BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE MINISTRY CONTACT the National SBC21 Office today at 615.340.1722 to become a partner church!

Also, visit the

SBC21 web site at www.sbc21.org to download the congregational-community profile form which is the first step to becoming a partner church.

The mission of Strengthening Black Church for the 21st Century is to transform, to revitalize, to nurture, to build and sustain strong

Black

Congregations

for making a greater and more prophetic

witness

for

Christ in the world today.

Jesus

SBC21 Newsletter-On Good Ground Monthly, Summer 2010  

SBC21 Newsletter-On Good Ground Monthly, Summer 2010

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