Update: Healthy Process Stakeholder Meeting Responses

How do we embed healthy processes in congregational life? And what makes a process healthy? Members explored these questions as we seek to build greater transparency in decision-making and to share their perspectives on the elements of healthy process. Meetings were also held on June 28, July 25 & August 23.  So what makes a process “healthy” or “good”? Here are some responses:

Responses from the June 28 meeting (13 participants) were:

  • Adds value
  • Fosters listening
  • Respectful
  • Authenticity
  • Transparency
  • Lots of worker bees
  • Discerning, but not critical
  • Willingness to let the process go in a direction different from the original intent (open-ended)
  • Generates reliable outputs
  • The process engages relationships and connections and generates a sense of “we”
  • Looks at all the different angles
  • A sense of humor and recognizing and accepting that we are not perfect
  • The communication of output is an honest representation of what occurred
  • The whole is better than the sum of its parts
  • Collaboration
  • Seeks input from all stakeholders
  • Needs to be understood and people need to be committed to it
  • Scaleable

Responses from the July 25 meeting were:

  • People feel heard
  • Transparency
  • No hidden agendas
  • Inclusiveness
  • Information provided about all points of view
  • Interactive and communal
  • Respected leadership and respectful leadership
  • Offer different ways to participate
  • Accountability
  • Environment of safety
  • Expectation of mutual respect
  • Expectation of honesty
  • People honor the process
  • People are willing to listen with an open mind
  • Process builds and strengthens community
  • No hitting
  • People are invested/committed to process and to the community
  • Defined scope

In addition, participants at the July 25 meeting identified actions that might undermine good process:

  • Monopolizers
  • Unpreparedness
  • Unwillingness to compromise or be persuaded
  • Participant who is NOT engaged in the process (member or leader)
  • Leader with a preconceived conclusion
  • Combative attitude (negative)
  • Participants who form an attachment to a particular outcome
  • Fear…of losing power, control, prestige
  • Jealousy and personal animosities
  • Process left lingering resentment (process triggers)

Coming soon… Responses from the August 23 meeting