Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change


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by Chris Ertel , Lisa Kay Solomon. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Conversations abound in congregations. Over coffee, at evening meetings, via email; in some ways the sermon itself is a conversation. Too often, conversations amount to so much talk and too little action. Authors Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon understand specific behaviors that lead to productive conversations. Ertel has been helping others design strategic conversations for years and Solomon is a teacher at California’s College of the Arts. This book is not written for congregations. However, its method is highly applicable. The authors makes a distinction between a well designed conversation and a well designed meeting, with the emphasis on the former. Essential to a strategic conversation are the following elements: defining your purpose, engaging multiple perspectives, framing the issues, setting the scene, and making it an experience. The book contains a practical starter kit that helps you design the strategic conversation your congregation needs. Maybe it is about a new program, or changes to worship; or perhaps the conversation needed regards mission. Whatever the challenge, this book will help you design an agenda that will lead to new options and changed behavior. For more information, visit the {{Moments of Impact website | http://www.momentsofimpactbook.com}}.

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