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28
Sep

Network Covenant Elements

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As network pastors develop a covenant together, consider addressing the three elements that undergird a coached revitalizing network:

 

Transformational learning requires that participants

  • Prepare for each network meeting (do all of the reading and reflect on the questions being raised)
  • Engage fully in the coaching relationship outside of network meetings in order to be better equipped and empowered to lead their congregations in ongoing revitalization

 

Covenantal accountability requires participants to

  • Make network meetings a priority, and inform the coach/facilitator when an emergency makes it necessary to miss a meeting
  • Stay accountable to one another for their conduct, spiritual growth, and ministry and for the direction that emerges from their personal calling statements

 

Collegial support requires that participants

  • Pray for one another and their congregations
  • Support and encourage one another in life and ministry
  • Collaborate as an expression of their shared ministries and commitment to witnessing to the kingdom of God

 

Network Behaviors

Network participants will be expected to:

  • Be 100 percent present at each network meeting
  • Extend Christ-like hospitality to each network member
  • Respect, honor, and trust one another
  • Disagree openly, speak honestly, and address issues directly
  • Intentionally and regularly encourage and bless one another
  • Invite others to take part, and never try to “invade” when they are reluctant to do so
  • Present others with opportunities to respond, and never demand that they do so
  • Speak for themselves, and never speak for another participant
  • Always avoid “fixing”
  • Turn to “wondering” questions when the going gets rough
  • Listen to the silence, leaving space for the Spirit
  • Keep sensitive information confidential
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