Thriving in Ministry introduces the Learning Goals process during orientation with the Novice to Expert continuum and our conviction that ministry is a vocation/profession that is best developed in practice and with other practitioners.
Identifying Learning Goals unfolds in the first two sessions of the Peer Learning Communities with the natural self-assessment that arises from building trust with your peers and from beginning to see yourself through other’s perceptions.
The Learning Goal process continues as each person names her or his learning goals. Download this worksheet to help you work through your goal.
Learning Goals are about forward momentum for your ministry. The goals that each peer learner creates are rooted in the questions:
- Where are you now?
- What is your honest self-assessment? (Your Peer Learning Community and the Strengthfinders tool will give you additional lenses.)
- What do you want to learn? What are your questions about the challenges and opportunities in your current context?
- What do you wonder about in your ministry that would shape a process, provide new information, and clarify questions?
- How can you cultivate one of the Thriving Impacts or move yourself on the Novice to Expert Continuum?
- How will you know you have realized your learning goal?
Realizing a Learning Goal is a cause for celebration. Refining Learning Goals when new information comes forward or your context changes is an important skill for building capacity in ministry.