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Friday, 20 May 2016

Experiencing Ministry session at #FaithResearch2016 - 5 things that appear to correlate with effective ministry & wellbeing - and some things that don't

      On Wednesday 18/5/16 I attended the 2016 Faith in Research Conference in Birmingham UK.   I've already posted about the 1st session - 20 headlines about churchless christians and at the foot of this post are selected links to various other posts that maybe useful to you.

      The conference is organised by the CofE’s Research & Statistics Dept.  The Bishop of Manchester welcomed attendees and amongst other things reminded us that ...
  1. reminds us that research & facts are our friends in discernment (though hopefully not our only friends!)

This post is about Session 1a at the conference  “Experiencing Ministry” which was chaired by Dr Ken Eames and a mini session within that on the same subject by Dr Tim Ling

Tim is the CofE’s Head of Ministry Development - his twitter profile is below as is a rather fetching pic (ht @cofestats ) of the back of his head (bottom LH corner) as he focuses into active listening mode at another session.
Tim explained that the Ministry model they are seeking to test is that highly engaged clergy may have positive effects on outcomes like church growth and well being.

From the research done already what does not appear to be significant to church growth or well being is the location (rural, urban, suburban) of the ministry nor the gender of the minister

He summarised 5 things that do appear to have a correlation with growth

1) Calling – ministers with a strong/clear understanding of theirs – plus they have less burnout

2) Community – and collegiate support

3) Change – intentional alterations to how ministers think and engage

4) Feedback – a biggie – especially where they get it and it is “in task”

5) Invite – ministers who run some form of nurture group

Or to put those 5 points more succinctly ...
  1. 5 most correlating factors w/effective ministry & wellbeing (& it's not age/gender/etc!

From the mini session's Q&A the following struck me ...

Q) In those who take the survey is there a bias towards the “happy” rather than “grumpy” ministers. 

A) The answer is no (Source of following text is Tim's Friday e-bulletin)

The sample is representative although that doesn't deny the reality of disengagement and distress at an individual level and the importance of attending to it where it’s present.  In his answer Tim also reflected on David Watson’s excellent book The Question of Morale – Managing Happiness and Unhappiness in University Life (links to TES review) and shared a story from it

"‘Go around your university or college,’ they say and ask the first 10 people who you meet how their morale is. The response will always be “rock bottom”.  Then ask them what they are working on. The responses will be full of life, of optimism and of enthusiasm for the task in hand.’ The moral of the story is that the two sets of responses don’t compute; that the first is somehow unthinking and ideological, and the second unguarded and sincere."

Tim also mentioned that ministry burnout tends to be in younger men

And that a tailing off in ministry vigour has some association with length of service (but not age)

A selection of CofE/Church related posts that maybe of interest

posts with 10 useful links  No.'s 1234567891011121314151617181920 (not just church stuff but maybe interesting 2 u)

20 headlines about churchless christians - from #FaithResearch2016 conference 1st session

How do we get politics & business & civil society working for the common good? 
10 reasons churches don't use social media  - some possible answers and/or solutions 
Discovering prayer  - learning from monasticism 
10 ideas for a good lent - from a St Pauls London Cathedral event with JustinWelby 
The CofE  House of #Bishops 52 page letter - 11 tests to use when deciding who to vote for, the 14 arguments supporting that advice - 6 points about christianity and politics 
Church Communications - 10 points about Logos 
“In Each Generation” : A programme for reform and renewal

The Green Report - on CofE talent management
CofE typos in services - a compilation of a @OurCofE twitter hashtag
CofE 2013 mission stats 
Household of faith conference - one of several posts summarising 
CofE Strategies - one of several posts summarising 

A selection of other posts on RSA, TED or similar lectures & conferences which maybe of interest


Verification in crisis reporting by journalists - notes from the #Polis2016 session - some useful advice
Reporting on terror - some headlines from a session at the #Polis2016 conference 
Jouralism & the Brexit debate #Polis2016 - the focus on the economy, the fact free ghetto of social media, the UK media's power - and why weren't 16 years olds allowed to vote?
Good storytelling isn't limited to simplified representations of reality - & more ideas from a #Polis2016 session on Reporting Refugees
 If want to be a journalist don't do a journalism degree - and other views & advice from @jonsnowc4 #polis2016

Money Matters - Church Urban Fund conference - on building a more inclusive financial system
Digital & Data Journalism London News Impact Summit – 12 quotes + 18 resource links mega summary - then the detail
the importance of character - an RSA event with David Brooks
in search of a fuller life - an RSA event with philosopher Theodore Zeldin 

Headlines from LSE analysis of #UK social #policy 2010-2015 in tabular form: #positives, #negatives & mixed outcomes - from @CASE_LSE papers found via @trustforlondonhow to innovate & survive - by   (Mark Payne)
18 top tips and thoughts about using #social media to enable #community source = an article by  Anatoliy Gruzd PhD & Caroline Haythornthwaite PhD 
thinking straight in the age of information overload - by @danlevitin 
how to become a soulful organisation - by @fred_laloux 
thoughts & headlines from a conference on social media and images 
Data Protection & Privacy - 8 issues from an International Conference
escape your social horizon limit & understand more - source = a blog post summarising the work of  Jeffrey A. Smith, Miller McPherson & Lynn Smith-Lovin
OECD - challenges for the next 50 years - in an OECD report 
Want to help somebody - shut up and listen - by ermesto sirolli 
social media & death - 10 things you may not have thought about - #DORS conference
persuasion and power in the modern world and the rise of soft power - UK House of Lords 
UK Government Policy Blunders & their common causes - by Anthony King & Ivor Crewe
the development of the U2 spyplane - source = CIA historians Gregory Pedlow & Donald Welzenbach
Guide to Comments (esp. #YouTube) for creators - by @vihartvihart
considering culture and business process improvement  - source = an article by Schmiedel, Theresa, vom Brocke, Jan, & Recker 
ideas for your organisation from the 2013 99U conference 
ideas that may help you attract older volunteers - source = a paper by Brayley, Nadine, Obst, Patricia L., White, Katherine M., Lewis, Ioni M.,Warburton, Jeni, & Spencer, Nancy
physical factors which help people get better quicker - source = a paper by Salonen, Heidi & Morawska, Lidia 
a new approach to school and education - by Geetha Narayanan 
principles for software to encourage participation - by Gerhard Fischer
guiding principles on designing construction kits - by Mitchel Resnick & Brian Silverman
how to identify the #culture of an organisation
signs of overparenting - source = an article by Locke, Judith, Campbell, Marilyn A., & Kavanagh, David J
making ideas happen - source = a 99U conference

how to spot a liar - by pamela myer 
the related world of cyber crime, warfare and industrial espionage - by @mishaglenny 
ambiguity, irreverence, commentary & judgement - by lauren zalaznick
measuring happiness - source = talk by jim clifton, jim harter, ben leedle

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