The Words of the Yang Family
Leadership Summit Guidelines for 120 Days (Stage 1: April 1 – May 10)
Chang Shik Yang
March 28, 2004
TO: Regional and Vice-Regional Directors, State and Church Leaders, Tribal Messiahs
FROM: Dr. Chang Shik Yang, Rev. Michael Jenkins, Rev. Phillip Schanker
DATE: March 28, 2004
RE: Leadership Summit Guidelines for 120 Days (Stage 1: April 1 – May 10)
Leadership Summit on Witnessing and Education The Role of the Church in Empowering Tribal Messiahs
At the historic Leadership Summit in Ocean City, Maryland, we initiated a 120-day period to develop and implement a local and regional-based plan for sharing our faith with America and growing our movement by empowering Tribal Messiahs. The purpose of this 120 days is clear: Gaining new members. But rather than begin with a list of arbitrary, mandated goals from the top, we encourage ea ch region, church and Tribal Messiah to carefully consider and patiently develop a plan that reflects your situation and resources. At the summit we developed the following strategy and action steps for the first 40 days:
Strategy and Guidelines for Tribal Messiah Empowerment and Success
Each block should:
I. Schedule a 3-day Leadership Summit on "The Role of the Church in Empowering Tribal Messiahs" for all interested members in your block within the coming 120 days. Contact Rev. Schanker at HQ to confirm your scheduled summit, so our national team and Tribal Messiahs with models of success from across the country can participate and support you.
Each region should:
I. Develop a "Strategic Planning Team" for the development and implementation of a community/state/regional strategy for Tribal Messiah empowerment. [NOTE: The planning committee is not a democracy, where majority rules without regard to hierarchy. The RD and VRD can serve as chairman and vice-chairman, but should not simply dominate the planning process. Consensus, participation and teamwork is essential, for as we read at the summit, True Father said the only way to grow is by "widening the sphere of responsibility."
Some effective models of this process can be seen in the HSA board, the AFC planning process, the UTS board, and the special committee of interdepartmental leaders, where the best minds and resources are gathered to solve problems and develop ideas, encouraging ownership and involvement among those who have the most to give]
A. For small states/communities, at least 3 committee members are recommended
B. For larger states/communities, keep the committee reasonably small. We recommend the following be included in your planning committee:
1) Regional Director
2) Vice-Regional Director
3) AFC Leader
4) WFWP or other women’s representative(s)
5) Kodan leader
6) At least 1 business or other department leader
7) Qualified Tribal Messiah(s)
II. Hold a Strategic Planning Session(s) to develop the initial plan.
[NOTE: Remember that Dr. Yang and Rev. Jenkins did not lead or moderate the Leadership Summit, but encouraged Rev. Schanker and VRDs to coordinate and guide the program, maintaining a position of occasional input and guidance. In the same way, Regional Directors should empower the VRD or another elder as moderator of the Strategic Planning Team, and encourage all to participate.]
Agenda Guidelines [Do not take on more than you can handle]
A. Discuss and develop Vision and Mission Statements outlined at the Leadership Summit
B. Develop basic Strategy for 1 or more of the following areas, if relevant to your community:
1) Tong Ban Kyok Pa (Community and Neighborhood Outreach)
(a) Who is our target? (neighbors, family, non-churched, etc.)
(b) Home-based meetings
(c) Issues and strategies for inviting neighbors (marriage issue, MEPI, BBQ, neighborhood issues, etc.)
(d) Outreach strategies (door-hangers, party, etc.)
(e) Points of entry: WFWP, Service for Peace, youth activities, Sunday Service, Blessing of marriage, neighborhood meeting, etc.
2) Sunday Service Development
(a) Sermon improvement
(b) Becoming "guest-friendly"
(c) Music Ministry
(d) Ushering, hospitality and follow-up
(e) Involving community (worship team, sermon committee, etc.)
(f) "The Invitation" (asking guests to become part of our church)
3) Establish monthly home meetings in each community (for FFWPU members)
(a) Held monthly in Tribal Messiahs’ homes
(b) Hold consistently, rotate host homes
(c) Grassroots meeting, led by exemplary elders, not church leader
(d) 10 min. Hoon Dok Hae, pot luck, snacks, community discussion, etc.
(e) Over time, spirit and "bonding" involves those not attending Sunday Service
(f) Widen participation to include Blessed clergy & other close FFWPU members
4) Design initial education track, including (if applicable):
(a) Clarify appropriate steps from each point of entry above
(b) One-on-one education tools & methods
(c) Curriculum for in-home education
(d) Education at Sunday Service
(e) Open House or International Night in center
(f) One, two, and seven day workshops
(g) Evening education track
(h) Cable TV and radio, etc
5) Youth Outreach and Education, including (if applicable):
(a) Youth ministry
(b) Campus youth programs (CARP, etc.)
(c) Service for Peace
(d) Lasting Love-type program
(e) Junior STF / Il Shim program, etc.
III. Report your regional plan to the Education Department at HQ, at email@example.com, by April 12th.
IV. Implement the initial steps of your plan, appropriate to your local situation and available resources.
V. Report to HQ every 2 weeks on the development of your plan and activities
VI. Hold at least one 2-day weekend workshop in your region during the first 40 days, and continue each weekend if possible.
VII. We will reevaluate on May 10th, at the end of the first 40 days.
Each Tribal messiah should:
I. Bring at least 1 friend or guest to participate in one of the " gates of entry" programs in your strategy.
II. Raise one person to identify with and be involved in one or more of the outreach activities to the level of "associating" with our movement (associate membership).
NOTE: Membership definitions and forms will be available by April 12th.
Remember, we should strive to establish "authentic relationships" (for the sake of the other person’s spiritual life and rebirth, not with "our benefit" as the focus) if we truly intend to change people’s lives. The education department will develop materials to support you, and serve as a clearinghouse for the best ideas, methods and tools from around the country.
Let us move forward in this new providential era, for the sake of renewing America, and bequeathing our faith to the future generations of humankind.
Dr. Chang Shik Yang
FFWPU of North America
Rev. Michael Jenkins
Rev. Phillip Schanker
Vice President for Education
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