There’s a lot to tell you about as the journey of Mission: Day by Day unfolds. We are taking exciting sales and programmatic steps on the path to launching the inaugural year, which begins in early January 2015. Let me tell you a few things!
A great need
When I talk with different systems, hospitals, and medical groups, common approaches to using Mission: Day by Day are emerging. Our program expands formation beyond senior leadership to middle-level management. A system leader said to me, “It will take years to make room for all directors, clinical managers, and supervisors, and they are essential to integrating mission and values at the bedside.” If all our patients are to experience God’s love, if all encounters in our organizations are to be sacred, we must engage more than senior leaders in carrying on the healing ministry.
Formation: systematic and ongoing
Mission: Day by Day also provides a systematic, ongoing approach to formation, which is critical for the future of the ministry. There are many initial programs in place across the country/globe. What is lacking is ongoing formation. I spoke with a system that now requires each leader to engage in five days of formation annually. They are looking for programs and opportunities to fulfill this requirement. Mission: Day by Day provides about five days of total formation contact each year.
The model of religious life of our sponsors provides some insight here. Once a sister or brother makes first profession, formation is not over. There are annual eight-day silent retreats, community meetings, ongoing theological reflection groups, spiritual direction, etc. Most religious women and men spent three weeks a year with formal activities, mostly weekend time. Ongoing formation is both a need and a challenge with so many competing demands for time in healthcare these days. At the equivalent of about five days of contact a year, Mission: Day by Day is a nice fit, with 75% of time spent when convenient for participants.
Piloting Mission: Day by Day
On the programmatic side we are engaging a pilot in late October for two weeks. Bridget and I were moved by the response of our friends and professional colleagues to spend four hours over two and a half weeks to explore most parts of Mission: Day by Day. We will learn tons from our colleagues in the ministry who are CEOs, directors, finance, and IT folks. The pilot will include participants from Australia, which is VERY exciting.
We feel great support as we prepare for the launch of our new and pioneering formation model. As we respond to the signs of the times, each step of the way there are affirmations from friends and colleagues that we are on the right path. Sales are ongoing. If you are interested, curious, or just want some more information, email me at Beth@LFPnow.com.
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