From harmful autonomy to Biblical interdependency From pastoral isolation toconnectivity From fragmentation in the movement to common direction From crisis-oriented to purpose driven The opportunities that now lay before can lead us corporately into a future where these objectives find greater fulfillment in the broader constituencies of the Church of God and impact our congregations as they collectively fulfill the mission of Christ in the world.
S.H.A.P.E. Regional Contact Persons
For more information regarding S.H.A.P.E. in your regions, please contact these regional directors. If you would like S.H.A.P.E. to come to your area, please contact your State Minister or Assembly Chair.
National SHAPE Coordinator Paul Dreger – 800-848-2464 ex. 3023
|Mike Claypool – (704) 469-8585|
|Colorado / Kansas|
|Randy Huber – (717) 557-6928|
|Eric Livingston – (217) 864-3263|
|Carl Addison – (317) 773-6477|
|Ray Jones – (318) 325-4464|
|Bill Jones – (517) 393-7020|
|Howard Megill – (573) 265-8545|
|Ohio – Northeast|
|Shannon New-Spangler – (330) 984-6789 (Cell)|
|Joe Thompson – (580) 243-8635 (Cell)|
|Estella Milner – (405) 749-6774|
|Dwayne Pierce – (615) 893-4987|
|Bob Neace – (540) 268-2040|
Sustaining Health And Relational Excellence
During the early days of SHAPE it became evident that to address issues of pastoral health at the exclusion of addressing issues of congregational health would ultimately lead to a failure to transform the life and ministry of the Church of God. The disparity between health and unhealth at that level of relationship would certainly prove to be a hindrance to the goals of SHAPE. The task then became to adapt the principles and practices of SHAPE for the lay leaders of local congregations. That task has reached its initial stage and SHARE—Sustaining Health And Relational Excellence—is being introduced to a limited number of congregations throughout the United States to assess it value and strengthen its ministry. SHARE will initially be provided to only pastors who have experienced SHAPE and understand the theology, practices and intent of the SHAPE journey. SHARE will be divided into two distinct experiences: 1) The Theology and Practices of SHARE. This initial phase will introduce congregational leaders to the same relational theology and practices of the SHAPE journey with only a few minor adjustments. The SHARE manual has added content that will more fully describe the intent of a relational theology for the life of the church. This new focus can be summarized in the following areas:
- The development of an intentionally focused community of growth and maturing into the fullness of Christ; -The development of a discipling environment;
- The experience of a common set of experiences, practices, and resources that help establish parameters for a healthy, effective leadership team;
- The development of a personal/corporate plan of growth and development. Healthy leaders and missionally effective congregations intentionally plan to be healthy.
2) An Intentional, Specific Health Plan for the Congregation. Beyond the common experiences of SHAPE/SHARE that lead to a healthy community, there are specific needs to be addressed in the life of every congregation. The intent of SHARE is to provide every pastor/leadership team with exercises, information, and resources that can enable each team to develop a training program that best fits their needs at any given time. Currently eight areas of congregational life have been identified and resources gathered. The resource list will most certainly expand prior to the launch of SHARE. SHARE continues to be developed and tested and will be made available as soon as all necessary steps have been taken to assure a smooth transition of the principles and practices of SHAPE to local congregational leadership. The SHAPE/SHARE Connection Central to the SHARE experience is the opportunity that SHAPE pastors have to journey together in the development of specific plans for the development of their leadership teams and ministry plans for their individual congregations within the SHAPE cluster community. Each pastor will lead their congregational leadership team in understanding the core values of SHAPE/SHARE and help establish a common foundation for the fulfillment of the mission of Christ within each congregation. Then, much like the development of the LAMP, each pastor will begin to develop a specific plan for their local congregation with their leadership team and enjoy the continuing support, insight, expertise and encouragement of the cluster. While SHAPE has provided opportunity for us to share life together in transformative ways, SHARE will lead us to do the same as we serve our local congregations.
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