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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, April 26, 2005
    Good butties and the language of training
    Rare to spend a day on a training course and then be able to apply the learning to something immediately afterwards. But from a day in a posh suite in the business end of town, on Excellence in Teams I moved (via a quick lie-down on the settee with When Saturday Comes) to a Ministry Team meeting in our dusty choir vestry tonight. Sensitized to group dynamics. Full of jargon I could test against the no-nonsense members of our team.

    The training is offered by a professional company with Christian managers probably as a gift to the church. Which is valued because it's pretty good, within limits. Those being that the jargon of business management doesn't sit easily with the value system and perspectives of the beatitudes. Meaning that you spend the whole time trying to filter all that's offered and thinking you're starting to appreciate how translators and sign-linguists feel. Wondering why these truly very good management minds can't dialogue in organic language instead of mechanistic. Ending up semi-fulfilled and semi-frustrated that it could be so much better. Butties were good at lunchtime, though.