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.
“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:
- I know you.
- Here is what you are doing well.
- Here’s the problem.
- Here’s the needed action.
- 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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