ERIC Number: ED326665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Selection of a New Spiritual Leader: Adult Education Strategies Applied to the Facilitation of Change and Acceptance in Religious Congregations.
The challenge of change in the transition from one spiritual leader to another has two facets: the "letting go" of the departing pastor and the adoption of a new spiritual leader. A Transition Committee of a midsized Episcopal church in rural Washington State has used the Rogers 1962 Adoption Model to develop an intentional plan to influence the change process and acceptance of the "new." Steps or stages in the Adoption Model are awareness, interest, evaluation, trial, and adoption. As developed by the Transition Committee, two models correspond to two separate change or adoption processes that exist: one adoption model that would lead to positive disengagement and another that would lead to positive engagement. Although this process is not complete at the church, some conclusions are evident: (1) involvement of clergy is paramount; (2) designing activities to deal with the process around change in institutionalized church life is intentional not accidental; (3) participation by all congregants creates more ownership over the entire change process; and (4) monitoring of acceptance of change is important. (12 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, October 28-November 3, 1990).