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I saw this in a denominational magazine (ALife)
After 24 hours you may accurately remember
  • 5% of what you hear
  • 15% of what you read
  • 35% of what you study
  • 57% of what you see and hear
Hearing is forgetting, seeing is believing and doing is understanding – An old Adage

Humor, Analogy, and Metaphor in Teaching

From the Midnight Oil boys –
  • …metaphor makes the message easier to understand.
  • …metaphor is the glue that makes the message stick.
  • When we use metaphors from the culture, and do the hard work of redeeming them, they become reminders of the Gospel.
  • The challenge for worship screen producers is to learn to think in image instead of just text.
  • If we want to reach the world we live in, we must become students of the culture.
The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. – Aristotle

The artist must say it without saying it. – Duke Ellington

We’ve been volunteering at a nursing home in our neighborhood. I decided that the wonderful residents needed a Wii after reading about the positive effects they have had on other seniors. A few of them ‘get it’ and really enjoy bowling. Some just hold the wiimote with a death grip. I’m going to try a game night this week. After dinner the residents just head to their rooms for the night (like around 5:30pm). I’m hoping that they’ll eventually be brave enough to play with it by themselves. Until then, we’ll play with them. We also just visit and talk, sharing news of the outside world and our own experiences. We’ve been doing some interviewing and developing short biographies. I’ve enjoyed taking pictures. Most of the residents have never seen a digital camera. The instant feedback is pretty cool.

1.       What is your Job Description?
What is the most important thing you do (what are your top 2 or 3 priorities as a leader)?

2.       Are you replaceable? Can anyone else do your job?

3.       What are the spiritual gifts and special abilities of the people currently working under your authority? What are you doing to encourage and develop these gifts?

4.       What is the difference between a calling and a job? Which do you have?

5.       What is your philosophy of ministry, if you have one?

6.       How does your work fit into the church’s vision and core values?

7.       How do lay volunteers fit into your job?

8.       Do you have any plans for changes in the future?

9.       If I were to become involved with this Ministry, what do you envision my role to be?

10.   What would you say is more important – technical excellence or team building and why?

Over the course of my career I have attended many teambuilding and management training courses. One of the exercises that I always enjoyed was determining your personality type (and that of your coworkers). This work is based on the observations of many very smart people like Jung and Myers-Briggs. It goes something like this:

Personality Types

Sanguine (Promoting)
Melancholic (Controlling)
Phlegmatic (Analyzing)
Choleric (Supporting)

I always had trouble remembering those names and what they stood for until I attended a course that described them as different animals. Something clicked and I’ve never forgotten them.

Personality Types

Golden Retriever

This animal analogy immediately came to mind as I began to study what goes into the makeup of a ministry leader. I believe there are two basics types of ministry leaders in the church today:

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