Learning about our leadership strengths: An invitation to participate

South Sydney Uniting Church is going through a time of change. Andrew is finishing his placement with us, there will be major repairs at the church in 2024, and we are starting to explore possible partnerships with other congregations. Understanding the gifts and skills of our leaders will be helpful at this time, to assist us in our discernment for the future.

The Rev. Ben Gilmour, Director of the Vital Leadership Team with the Uniting Church Synod of NSW/ACT, will work with us in February to assess and understand our individual and collective leadership strengths. We will use a tool called the Clifton Strengths Inventory. To read about another Uniting Church’s experience of doing this with Ben, see this article in Insights magazine.

What are the Clifton Strengths?

The Clifton Strengths Inventory is an assessment of leadership strengths that help people work together to accomplish goals.

Who should take part?

  • Church councillors,
  • Members of working groups,
  • Other people in a leadership role in our congregation, and
  • People who are newer to the congregation and might be interested in a leadership role in future.

There is value in doing the leadership assessment not only for SSUC collectively, but also for us individually, to learn more about our gifts.

To take part, please see Miriam or Greg.

How can I take part?

1. Please let Miriam or Greg know by February 7 that you would like to participate.
They will need to give your name and email address to a Vital Leadership Team member so that you can be sent the link to do the Clifton Strengths assessment. You can let them know in person, by phone or email, or via the church contact form.

2. Do the Clifton Strengths assessment.
The assessment takes about 1 hour. We do it online, in our own time, at our own convenience, ahead of the online introduction session (3). You will be emailed a link to do it.

3. Online introduction session on Zoom, led by Ben, Thursday 15 February 7pm-8:30pm.
Ben will introduce us to strengths-based approaches and the Clifton Strengths. Includes a theological introduction. The session will be recorded on Zoom for those who can’t make it.

4. Face-to-face workshop at the church, led by Ben, Sunday 25 February 11:30am-1:30pm.
Ben will workshop our “leadership team’s strengths culture” with us. We will look at a map of our strengths taken together – not just our individual strengths – and how we can harness them. This session will not be recorded – please attend in person. Ben will also preach at our service that day.

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