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Publication Date: 16 Feb 2012
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 144
Author: Lin Berwick
ISBN-13: 9780281067091, 9780281067107

God's Rich Pattern

Meditations For When Our Faith Is Shaken
By Lin Berwick
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This book is designed for those who wish to encourage and empower through their leadership skills. Facilitation is about managing process - drawing people in, enabling them to contribute and holding the boundaries and values of a context to create a safe and productive place. Many ministry training courses do not teach facilitation skills per se and ministers are often left to learn on the job. Some become effective facilitators through reflection on their practice, others develop tacit skills. Many others flounder when it comes to facilitating effectively and participatively. In a culture where ministry roles increasingly involve community involvement and working with congregations who expect to participate in decision making and ministry, this skill set is one that is increasingly needed. This is particularly important in pioneer contexts where a more team-based approach is the norm.
About the Author
Dr Lin Berwick, MBE is a Methodist preacher. Born with cerebral palsy - and now totally blind and a permanent wheelchair user - she was the subject of Thames TV's This Is Your Life when still in her mid-twenties. In 1989, she founded the Lin Berwick Trust to provide purpose-built, self-catering holiday accommodation for people with disabilities, their families and carers, and in 2001 began developing a Braille Transcription Service. Lin is a Fellow of the British Institute of Homoeopathy, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and the author of Undefeated (Epworth Press, 1980) and Inner Vision (Arthur James, 1990). She was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2003. A year later, her beloved husband Ralph was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and he died in the spring of 2011.

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