Category Archives: Chaos & Failure

Finding Bright Spots in Highly Divisive Issues

I sat down to write a summary of key learning taken from Friday’s Faith in Action workshop and yet before I do that (in my next post) I want to share with you the manner that workshop played into a … Continue reading

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Community Strengths and Weaknesses- two sides of the same coin?

Yesterday I had a lovely drive through the Adelaide Hills to visit the leaders of the Baptist Church at Gumeracha.  So far this would have to be the prettiest Baptist Church I have visited particularly as I found it yesterday; … Continue reading

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3 Tips for celebrating community development in your Church

Many of the people I engage with who work/volunteer in community development with a Church speak of feeling isolated and often like second-class citizens within the life of the congregation. Pastors and leaders are often really good at giving permission … Continue reading

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Be Adventurous, Be Brave, Be Humble (on finishing up at MarionLIFE Community Services)

Today is my last day as Director of MarionLIFE Community Services; an organisation I have had the privilege to lead for over 5 years now. NB: Finishing well is my excuse for my lack of blogging in recent weeks.   … Continue reading

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The Chaordic Path: The Dynamic Inter-relationship between Chaos and Order

Originally posted on ShapeShift:
One of the fundamental patterns used in Art of Hosting offerings – which for many of us includes our consulting practices or as practitioners in-house work environments – is the Chaordic Field or Chaordic Path. Like…

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The good and the ugly of Appreciative Inquiry.

Our Edwardstown Project is in an interesting/challenging/exciting space presently.  Having educated and inspired the members of the church to embrace an asset based approach to their community engagement we have inquired-of and got-to-know the local community using techniques like World … Continue reading

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Community Development: It takes time!

The title says it all but let me expand: I feel that the proof of success in asset based community development is not in statistics but in the stories of community transformation.  This is why I have asked a number of … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about FAILURE

I’m currently in rainy Melbourne having just shared at the Surrender Conference. I was given the privilege to lead three sessions at the conference and then to share about the conference on ABC radio tonight (tune in to Sunday nights … Continue reading

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Finding The Chaordic Path

At MarionLIFE we have begun a conversation with a second community of faith with the intention of leading this community down the winding path of imagining a new future with their local community. Rather than preparing a simple needs analysis … Continue reading

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Let’s be real

I have been recently inspired by the Actual Pastor.  I really like his realism.  I think we can too often be tempted to try to impress people within this kind of space to “shade the truth here and there and … Continue reading

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