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New cultural identities form around a new organizational narrative that is tethered to the actual conditions on the ground. I also suggested that there Invasion Series Volume 3 - Felix Da Housecat / Justin Robertson - Bugged Out! two ways to invite a new congregational narrative: 1.
One of my favorite parts of the bible is Isaiah Exile is punishment for covenant infidelity. Exile is a story of shame and loss. The prophet has a word of consolation. But comfort cannot ignore the realities of the exile. This experience will have to be a part of the story going forward. How will you know it? The details will look a lot like the old story.
The new thing will emerge as a re-narration of older stories. In particular, the experience of exile will have to be reinterpreted. One group I did this for had a very painful experience in their recent past. Nearly every ☆( ˘‿˘)☆ - maedasalt - You Are Special & That Is Exactly Why I Love You So Much.
(File) sticky was placed Love Insight (Mark Smile Remix) - Global Bass Players - Love Insight the timeline in that time period. It was a shameful and accusing memory. But there were younger people present who had been a part of the organization as students, but had no idea any of this had happened. Hearing the stories of pain struck them, not as shameful, but as heroic as the organization had served them well through these darkest of days. Though painful events were happening, people still showed up and performed their roles, did their jobs, and served others with passion.
They gave their best in the worst of circumstances. You could feel the room change as the most shameful narrative became reinterpreted as their best moment as an organization. While this is a very dramatic example, I A Monks Dream - Johnny Griffin - Return Of The Griffin seen this happen with other organizations as well.
And I have experienced this personally. I had a therapist who helped me see that a narrative that filled me with shame and a sense of personal weakness was actually a story of resourcefulness and strength. I could hardly believe it could be a true story about me, but they were the same exact details, only re-narrated.
I had a new possibility emerge precisely out of the accusing details of the past. This kind of work requires artful care. If we could program our way out of this mess, we would have already done so. If changing our organizational culture came through writing a new mission statement, doing a SWOT analysis, developing goals, and determining measurable outcomes, we would have changed our organizational culture multiple times already. Changing an organizational culture happens at a fundamentally different level than the approaches listed above.
An organizational culture represents the meaning proposition of a shared life. Culture is ultimately about the ways that humans organize their lives around meaning.
In other words, we live and behave in relation to the authorizing narratives that define our common life. Sometimes these narratives are explicit and public, but often they are implicit and unspoken. This is why, for instance, that a congregation might sharpen its mission statement and align all of its strategic values and still not get any push. There might be a more powerful narrative under the surface that is authorizing non-compliance or apathy or a competing set of behaviors.
So, changing an organizational culture requires new authorizing narratives. Let me give you an example. When the came to play us, this Oregon boy was stunned by the religious fervor that attended everything they did. So our genius of a head coach decided we needed the same. No one except the coach and a few embarrassed assistant coaches participated. Because we knew this story was not connected to the reality of the situation. Akela was being imported as a story to replace the reality of our mediocre football performance.
So, how do you change an organizational narrative in a way that is still true to the organization? This is where the discussion around best practices becomes problematic. Best for who? This happens two ways. Stories of the past can be re-narrated. The events are the events. But the re-narration of those events can yield new meanings.
New experiences can produce new stories that can over time authorize new practices and attitudes. What vision of a hope-filled future is in keeping with the best aspects of our identity? How can we keep telling that future story in such a way that people are willing to tackle tough problems now for the possible benefits that will come? How is what we are doing presently connected to both the best aspects of our past and the future we hope for? I want to fill out aspects of this narrative aspect of changing an organizational culture in subsequent posts.
And add to these temporal aspects some spatial ones. A few weeks ago, the lectionary was in Luke 15, the chapter where Love Insight (Mark Smile Remix) - Global Bass Players - Love Insight find the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son.
I was in Napierville with grad students the following weekend, and my friend Shon Smith asked if I would preach at the church there. The omission of the prodigal son had been rolling around in my head and so I wanted to take a crack at it.
Shon gave me the opportunity. It stops functioning like a parable, which is supposed to surprise the reader into a new way of seeing things. Even non-Christians no want it Love Insight (Mark Smile Remix) - Global Bass Players - Love Insight to be a prodigal son.
And we know the meaning of the story. The Father is always joyful to welcome the repentant home. With all this familiarity, is this still a parable? Has it become something else? A morality tale? A fable? A Disney movie?
My Love Insight (Mark Smile Remix) - Global Bass Players - Love Insight was to see if I could preach it as a parable again. I had one piece of disrupting information already at my disposal. In other parables, the rich fool, the dishonest manager, and the judge who does not fear God, internal dialogue is the way the parable reveals the less-than-scrupulous motivations of its character. Has the prodigal son had a change of heart, or is he conniving?
Is he repentant, or is he hungry? The father had given up on seeing his son again, yet here he was! And maybe that is right. Not in this story, but there is a son of a Father in the gospel of Luke who dies and comes back to life. Is this a way of referring to Jesus? Is this foreshadowing? That would be a surprising twist.
Ok, here me out. In favor of my interpretation I have two pieces of corroborating evidence. First, in a parable later in Luke, the parable of the wicked tenants, Jesus tells of a vineyard owner who sends servants to collect the profits from the vineyard only to have them beaten and sent back empty-handed.
Finally, the owner sends his own son, thinking Con Los Bracitos En Cruz (Rumba) - Antoñita Peñuela - A Mi Aire tenants Turn It On Again - Genesis - Duke certainly respect him. But they kill him thinking that somehow this will allow them to inherit the vineyard.
Could this kind of self-identification be going on here in the figure of the prodigal son? Second, the parables in 15 go together, the prodigal being the climactic story. They should never be told separately. They are doing something as a collection. The grumbling Pharisees are clearly the intended audience. So, how does this work? We have a shepherd and sheep, not a father and son.
And in the next parable we have a woman and a lost coin, not a father and son. The figure of a father and son in the last parable is being saved for the big finale. And while we have rejoicing in both of the first two parables over the repentance of a sinner, we do not have grumbling—the occasion for the parables in the first place.
Jesus is drawing them in for a big reversal. But notice that in the conclusion of the lost sheep story Jesus contrasts the Must Be The Music - Oasis - Oasis sinner in need of repentance to the ninety nine righteous who need no repentance.
Clearly, Jesus is Love Insight (Mark Smile Remix) - Global Bass Players - Love Insight the grumblers to identify with the righteous who have no need to repent. The trap is set for the telling of the third parable. The reader knows that Jesus is the hero of the story, the prophet of the kingdom of God.
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