Quality Learning goes to Church

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in Announcements, Church, Leadership

Have you ever wished your Church knew more about Quality Learning?

Churches send teams to training

Over the past few years we have seen more and more Church leaders attending 4-Day Quality Learning Seminars.  Some attend because they are on local school boards.  Some attend because they are friends with teachers or administrators.  Others attend because they are teachers and administrators during the week and Church leaders on the weekend.  Quality Learning is truly a nondenominational approach.

Churches are learning institutions also

Church leaders have used Quality Learning tools to increase enrollment in youth groups.  PDSA thinking has been applied to mission work.  We have watched Church leaders learn to collect and analyze data.  Pastors have used tools to make their small groups more interactive.   In some cases performance appraisals have been replaced by Capacity Matrices and portfolios.  And we have seen Church leaders learn to plan with people instead of for people.

One individual can make a difference

My name is Leslie Scharfe and I am the Executive Director of Student Ministries at Faith Chapel in Billings, Montana.  A little over a year ago I had the opportunity to attend a Quality Learning Seminar in Billings, Montana.  Over the course of my professional life I have been exposed to several different leadership seminars and philosophies, and the Quality Learning philosophy has had the most impact by far.  My exposure to Quality Learning has transformed the way that I think, breathe, operate and lead.  It has become a way of living.  

As you know working in ministry can be tedious and difficult, the constant demand for your time and energy never stops.  Quality Learning helps churches manage better through tools and processes that bring people and teams greater levels of meaning, clarity and impact.   I believe that in every organization people long to be a part of something greater than themselves.  Quality Tools give people a voice, which creates higher levels of engagement in the Vision and Mission of the organization.  

Over the course of the past year I have seen the team that I am leading transform.  We have used tools to develop people and teams, understand systemic effects, solve problems, plan for the future, while creating higher levels of engagement among team members.  Under the Quality Learning model we have found better, more effective ways of operating.  As a result our influence as a team has drastically increased and our way of thinking about ministry has changed.  We no longer come to our leaders with problems, but plans as to how to improve and better the systems that we are in.  Quality Learning has set us free from the constraints of compliance and mediocrity.

David Langford is an international speaker and writer, but more importantly he is a cutting edge teacher who sees the potential in people and organizations and leverages them to become the best possible version of themselves.  He has the ability to captivate his audience by creating deep levels of meaning for everyone involved.  For years he mentored under Dr. W. Edwards Deming, who was a leading innovator in quality improvement and change.

As David Langford often reminds me, “Leadership belongs to those who take initiative.”  I would like to personally invite you to take initiative and attend David’s 4-Day Quality Learning Seminar on November 14-17 at Faith Chapel in Billings.  This is a valuable workshop not only for your role as a ministry leader, but for your role as a parent, significant other, and citizen.  Quality Learning is not just another short term leadership solution, it is a lifestyle change for a future of continual improvement.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I would love to share our story with you.  If you spend any money on training this year let it be at this specific training event.  

Lead On,

Leslie Scharfe, leslie.scharfe@gmail.com  | 406.672.1477

There will be both educators and church leaders attending.  If you know of Church leaders who may be interested in attending we have worked out a special Church discount.  Pass this post on to someone who may be interested or have them contact our office for reduced rate information.