Building The Beloved Community (Monitoring)

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about his vision for creating The Beloved Community, where all people can share in the wealth of the earth. GCORR General Secretary Erin Hawkins believes that United Methodists can work to realize this vision by reshaping our monitoring efforts, at all levels of the Church.

We invite you to view the entire video and transcript below, or you may review each principle and its recommendations separately.

 

The Six Principles of Monitoring

The principles outlined below are intended to support each other in preserving and creating true, authentic community.

Principle 1

Monitoring is not a weapon to be used against “the enemy.” It is not intended to inspect, judge, and shame. The goal is to build Beloved Community characterized by inclusion, justice, and equity. Before beginning any monitoring work, the first step is to build mutual trust and relationships between monitoring teams, connectional leaders, and members of the body.

Principle 2

Commissions on Religion Race, at all levels of the Church, should work collaboratively with other leadership groups to plan the work of monitoring, maintaining clarity around the goals, processes, ground rules, and intended outcomes of monitoring. If monitoring seeks to give voice to those who are not being heard, then monitoring teams must model this intent by being radically inclusive when seeking out participation from group leaders.

Principle 3

Monitoring should not take place at meetings and conferences alone, but should be a long-range, on-going endeavor. Since monitoring is a form of data collection and analysis, a key question guiding monitoring work is: what data should be collected that will help the Church reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people?

Principle 4

Monitoring today must also be tied to the mission and priorities of the Church and our ability to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people for Christ. Increased diversity is not the end—it is a means to an end. We encourage you to work collaboratively with others to design the ministry of monitoring from a place of vision, articulating the practical relevance of diversity and inclusion in the Church.

Principle 5

The selection of monitors is essential to ensuring the integrity and credibility of the monitoring process. Wisdom and discernment are important attributes that monitors should have. They should also be skilled in building relationships and knowledgeable about the people and process being monitored. Monitors must represent a non-anxious presence and be able to respond to unexpected occurrences with grace, creativity, and skill.

Principle 6

GCORR maintains its commitment to challenge and equip leaders to support the full inclusion of all people in the life of the church. We are concerned, however, whenever we hear that people express criticism without the intention to restore wholeness and community in the wake of “truth telling.” Being prophetic requires truthfulness and fidelity in monitoring.

Download the full transcript of the video Reframing and Redesigning the Church’s Approach to the Ministry of Monitoring

 

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