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How to Recruit a Focus Group Moderator

            Listening works for political officials seeking to act on behalf of their constituents, and it works equally well for church leaders seeking to engage the community. A focus group represents one tool for listening to the community.             A focus group typically consists of eight to ten participants who meet for ninety minutes to […]

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27 AUGUST 2018

Before Acting, Do Social Analysis

If you want to address systemic issues such as poverty, hunger, and the environment at the local level, some form of social analysis will be required. Social analysis is a method for describing the local community surrounding the church in terms of the social structures that shape it, such as the economic, cultural and the […]

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18 JULY 2018

To Strengthen Your Work, Enlist Specialists

Specialists can help to navigate a complicated world filled with systems and technologies requiring professional knowledge. Yet enlisting specialists can be fraught. Experts can provide judgments which turn out to be drastically wrong. Other times ordinary people become so skeptical of expert knowledge that they insist on flying by their own misguided lights to the […]

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3 JULY 2018

Overcome Burnout By Building Capacity

Capacity has to do with the amount of resources in hand. For churches capacity could be reflected in the number of members, the size of the budget, the number of buildings, the amount of land, or the funding, number of volunteers, or equipment supporting its programs. Organizational theorists describe organizations or program with a relatively […]

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23 MAY 2018

Use a Problem Probe To Go Deeper

Confronted with a perplexing situation, pose questions about your situation. Ask early and often. The “problem probe” offers one technique for groups to understand the full dimensions of a given problem. This method can be especially helpful when the problem has a history of unsuccessful attempts to solve it. The problem probe offers a structured […]

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16 MAY 2018

Conduct a Community Tour

Let’s take a walk. While it could be done for exercise, most community tours entail something more purposeful. We walk in order to get a better sense of the neighborhood. What are you looking for? You could be observing housing conditions, infrastructure needs (such as roads and bridges), the presence or absence of businesses, the […]

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