Did you know that the #1 factor in determining the sustainability and success of your ministry is whether you participate in an active small group for collegial support?
Your Collegial Development Team (formerly "Collegial Development Committee") met last month in St. Paul, Minnesota to begin designing elements to implement the strategic plan adopted last year. Over the course of two and a half days, CDT members assumed responsibility for specific "portfolios" under the strategic plan, which include: Communications (Ashley Horan), Resource Development (Brian Kiely), Membership Development (Dara Olandt), Mentoring/In-Care (Claire Finegold-Thoryn) and Continuing Education (Deborah Raible and Peter Friedrichs). Sunshine Wolfe serves as a liaison between the CDT and CENTER and supports work that engages both.
In the coming months, Team members will be reaching out to chapter leaders and various stakeholders to gather feedback and input. Among the goals for this year are:
Creating a multi-prong "listening strategy" to obtain data on what members value most highly and where barriers to collegiality crop up, including reaching out to our colleagues who are "on the margins;"
Creating a new member orientation process; and
Developing a "Life Cycle of Ministry" model that addresses different collegial needs at different stages of our ministries.
If you have thoughts you'd like to share with us, please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as leaders of the Team.
I belong to an "informal" group of colleagues formed from seminary ties. We meet by google+ about once a month and support each other in our personal and clerical lives. I would say we are a ministerial covenant group. I believe we wish to remain a semi-closed group. Is this within the definition of Collegial Groups? Are there more groups like us out there that might count as collegial support. If we wished, could we remain "anonymous" (code name for group) and get technical support (Zoom and covenant group like resources) and work though the UUMA?