Andrea has complied some of the best thoughts here from Dr. Bill Lawrence on giving feedback. The next week after reading this, I used it in a coaching situation. It was great and really works. Fascinating Biblical background and history also. Thanks Andrea for posting this framework.

AB Reflections

“Are you giving your leaders the kind of feedback that Jesus gave to His?”

Dr. Bill Lawrence, of Leader Formation International, addressed that question to a group of ministry leaders, studying the Letters to the Churches from the Revelation, chapters 2 & 3. We were about to tour the sites of the churches in Turkey.  He went on to lay out a framework or pattern that appears in most of the Letters.  Here’s the sequence:

  1. I know you.
  2. Here is what you are doing well.
  3. Here’s the problem.
  4. Here’s the needed action.
  5. Here are the consequences, either positive or negative, or both.

In some cases, there was no affirmation ; in other cases, there was no problem.  But in every case, what Jesus brought up was very specific to that church in that city. Wow!  I had always read the Letters to the Churches with a certain amount of understanding, but…

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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