What’s happening at Leadership Formation Partners? In fact what is, and who is, Leadership Formation Partners? Meet us in person at the Catholic Health Assembly in Chicago beginning June 21st; we will be in the exhibit hall next to the main entrance and attending the conference.
I am very excited to introduce Leadership Formation Partners (LFP) through this first blog post. LFP is the result of Managing Partners, Beth McPherson (me) and Bridget Deegan-Krause having some dialogue about formation on the phone. As we talked about the needs of these times for formation AND the financial reality of the healthcare marketplace a couple of things became clear. Responding to the need will require some options and different models.
The Mission & Mentoring model that I created at St. Joseph Health cannot be the only model for ministry leadership formation for many reasons. First there are geographical disparities and rural areas of the county making formation too costly both in time and travel expense. There is also a huge need for ongoing formation. What happens after someone completes the initial program?
And then there is the weather and the winter of 2013-14 that won’t quit. (It is still snowing in Wyoming as I write this blog post!) I kept thinking, how would all those people in the northern U.S. travel to a single site for 1-2 days and get home with the worst weather we’ve seen since 1978-79. How many sessions would have been cancelled? How many individual travel plans would be impacted? This is a nightmare for already busy leaders in Catholic health care.
Bridget and I have spent a lot of time thinking about formation and exploring this question: How can we respond to the signs of the times and serve Catholic health care?
Answer: MISSION: Day by Day®
A blended, virtual learning model for formation! When we said it, we knew in that instant that we were on to something important and needed. After several months researching, and consulting with some amazing experts in collaborative learning, academia, instructional design, facilitators and content experts in formation, and of course our wonderful colleagues in Catholic healthcare, we’ve built an innovative program for formation that uses technology and social media tools to create communities of formation that will allow for a broader impact. We call our new three year program for formation: MISSION: Day by Day®.
Cohorts of 25 will engage in a three year program to reflect both individually and collectively about their experience, insights, their application and its learning. During three 40-day sessions per year, participants will reflect upon emailed content and use social space for writing reflections. The space will be a confidential for each cohort and guided by a skilled facilitator.
Participants will apply what they learn in their own daily work and participate in small group dialogue by conference call, as well as gather for occasional formal meetings during the year with participants in their own organization. Content areas are closely aligned with well-established California programs (St. Joseph Health and Ministry Leadership Center) and those outlined by CHA in the Framework for Senior Leadership Formation.
What kind of time commitment should you expect?
During each 40 day session, three times a year, each participant will be expected to spend an equivalent of 2 days of time actively participating in MISSION: Day by Day, with:
- Workday email content, Monday – Friday, requiring 15 minutes a day to read and ponder, totaling 25 per session,
- 3 required postings,
- 1-2 conference calls where large and small group dialogue will occur, 1 hour each, and
- 1 hour gathering in local organizations in person or by conference call.
This equates to about 6 work days of engagement per year.
MISSION: Day by Day® requires a 3 year commitment to complete the program.
Why are we doing this?
We have formed Leadership Formation Partners to provide accessible, affordable ministry formation to Catholic health care organizations and communities. Our model serves as an additional formation program that supports the development of people to continue the healing ministry of Jesus. In a world where technology is touching every corner of our lives and driving radical change, it can also bringing about new ways of collaboration and more robust communities of committed persons for Catholic health care.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that we might even get to meet you at the upcoming CHA Assembly in Chicago.