Nigel Pimlott from the Learning Network helped us in our vision setting as we came together as two circuits both as a large group by facilitating our vision day (when we gathered in Bestwood Park Church to discern what we’re all about) and by working with a smaller group of us as part of the Transformational Leaders’ Learning Community (TLLC) for the last 3 years.
Nigel led us through a process based on “The Golden Circle” work by Simon Sinek (“Start with Why:2009” and “Find Your Why:2019”) to help us find our “why.” Knowing your “Why” is about knowing your purpose, cause or belief - the very reason we exist. Personally and collectively we were encouraged to work out what motivates and drives us, what our contribution and impact is supposed to be. Knowing our “why” is what will enable us to discern the “whats” and “hows” of the process.*
Eventually a “why” should fit into the format:
“I get up in the morning TO ……………………….. (This is the Contribution)
SO THAT …………………………………………….. (This is the Impact).“
We discerned that “we, the Nottingham North East Circuit of the Methodist Church, get up in the morning to help our churches share God’s love so that lives are transformed in our communities.”
Or in five words we’re all about “Equipping Transformation through God’s Love.”
I wonder what your personal “why” is?
I wonder if you know the “why” of the organisations you are part of?
I wonder if we are clear on our “why” as churches?
What is the contribution do we seek to make when you get up in the morning?
What impact are we hoping to see as a result of our contributions?
Some of the churches in our circuit know their “why” and are working on the “what” and “how” effectively. Other churches are perhaps less clear on the “why” but still working on the “what” and “how”.
In the coming months we’re going to be helping our churches discern their “why” and to make sure that their “whats” and “hows” line up with their vision accordingly so that we can be more effective at seeing transformation through God’s love.
*You can work through some of the process for yourself and alongside your church here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/22628/golden-circles-website.pdf
This is our "Vision Blog" where we'll be working through what our vision is all about, sharing where it comes from, dreaming about what it looks like in practice, and sharing stories of our vision in action across the Circuit!