The Chaordic Stepping Stones is a planning tool that I really love and is widely used in The Art of Hosting community of practitioners. It’s the tool that I most go to to help make sense of complex thinking that needs to be moved into the specificity of planning. It is also the tool that I use to create a longer arc for the way that a team honors its work together.
This version is an adaptation from Chris Corrigan that shapes some of the questions and description to work with people in faith communities. And it is a version that originally appeared in a larger resource book, that I wrote with Kathleen Masters for Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
I love this resource, a booklet written by a colleague and friend, Ivy Thomas, on using The Circle Way in faith communities. Ivy is a good soul. She has laughter that is infectious and practicality in her that lightens loads. She is among other things, a Conference Minister and now Interim Minister in The United Church of Canada.
Using The Circle Way in faith communities is a natural step. To create good listening, thoughtful speaking, and wondering out loud together. In all of the faith community work I do, circle is never far away. And it is in The Circle Way Practicum that I offer with Amanda Fenton (at which there is usually a group of clergy) that I feel the deepest dive that reminds me of home.
Give Ivy’s booklet a peek.