In Progress: WCS Listening Session Campaign
All across Wake County institutional leaders are organizing house meetings as part of the Wake County Sponsors listening session campaign. This campaign is designed to engage 4,000 county residents in house meetings to identify new leaders and to surface the top pressures facing their families and communities. Since April, over 220 leaders have attended IAF University to learn the skills necessary to engage at least 100 members of their community in this process.
The listening session campaign will conclude at a WCS internal assembly on Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. During our internal assembly, leaders will review the broad categories of concerns raised during the campaign and will vote to form our first grassroots agenda (download the Wake County Sponsors timeline here).
This campaign represents a crucial phase for our organizing initiative. Read more below to learn how you can organize a house meeting in your community and shape our future grassroots agenda.
Listening Session Resources
Below is a list of listening session resources and handouts from IAF University with brief explanations for each. Click on each title to download the corresponding .pdf file. This information will be permanently hosted on our website here:
Core Teams are the basic unit of power within every IAF organization. Core Teams are broad based. They are made up of the leaders who organize and regularly deliver the major constituencies that comprise your institution: ministries, committees, choir, hospitality, membership, etc. Core Teams will be the driving force behind organizing listening sessions in your community.
So, who should be on my Core Team? An Internal Power Analysis is your tool to identify the top leaders in your institution, and to understand how power works and how decisions are made. A good Internal Power Analysis is your map to start building relationships with potential Core Team leaders in your community.
House Meetings are at their core a tool to do two important things in your institution: to identify new, potential leaders for development; and to identify the top concerns that impact them, their family, or their community. House Meetings require 10 - 12 participants, a facilitator, and a note taker.
Please use the following report form to record the results of your house meeting. Completed forms should be sent to [email protected]
The above tools are central to our ability to organize power and win big victories on the top pressures facing our community. But they are also equally effective as tools for internal congregational and institutional development. In this small booklet available from ACTA publications, senior IAF organizers and leaders explain how these tools are used to develop leaders and grow our institutions. The booklet includes five case studies from participating institutions across the United States.
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