Churches & Ministries

The RbC method of facilitation has been effectively used by churches and ministries, as well as nonprofits and social organizations around the world.

The RbC method works within the organizational context, providing structure but not direction.  Instead, it is designed to help church and ministry leaders have the best conversations they can, in order to do what they believe God is calling them to do.

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Developed annual plan for board of directors for a national ministry.
Developing church/community partnerships.
Bringing together over 160 participants from 27 nations to collaborate on church planting throughout Europe.
Enabling NewThing to be a catalyst for reproducing churches.
Empowering Leadership Network to engage with over 200,000 church leaders around the world.

Developing strategy and planning with Salvation Army.

Helping mobilize over 750 young leaders from 160 countries at the Lausanne Global Young Leaders conference.
Developed a strategic plan for church revitalization and multiplication.
Developed global strategy for SaddleBack church in California.
Nine different denominations working together to expand evangelical churches in France.
Enabling the Baptist North American Mission Board in the roll out of a new vision.
Working with the Catholic Diocese to expand leadership development in Quebec.
Equipping the Lutheran Church for change.
Creating partnerships between multiple faiths for civic cooperation.
“I have experienced both the RbC method, and the WaveChange process, and I have found no better approach for church collaboration. If you are a church pastor and need to align your staff around a vision or develop a strategy RbC is for you. If you are in any kind of network and want to increase your impact, the WaveChange process will help you accelerate your results through true collaboration.” Dan Southerland

Pastor & Network Leader

David Ferguson, Pastor and Leader

The RbC Training Experience

RbC training is as interactive and collaborative as an RbC session itself.

It includes knowledge transfer, role-playing, and group discussions.  It incorporates multiple interactions which engage students at both the head and heart level.

The three-day training is both intense and energetic.

Students will be challenged to expand their emotional intelligence as they tackle the challenges of facilitating both small and large groups.

In this training, students will learn how to both design and facilitate collaborative sessions using the RbC method.

The RbC Training Overview

Results-based Conversations (RbC) training equips participants to use the RbC method to both design and facilitate collaborative sessions.

As a trained RbC facilitator you will be able to use the RbC method to conduct collaborative sessions similar to those described on this website.

This training will give you the tools and abilities to understand the general way to conduct RbC sessions and how to customize the RbC Method to meet specific needs and to work in your specific context.

Designing RbC Sessions

RbC is a facilitative method based upon principles, not techniques.

As such, it is guided by a “Design”, rather than in-the-moment facilitation techniques.

A Design is a detailed agenda created by the leaders of a session and the facilitator prior to the session itself. This ensures that the conversations and work done in the session will accomplish the goals and objectives set for the session.

You will develop skills to work with leadership to determine goals/objective and set proper expectations for a successful session.

Using this skills you will then be able to create a proper design to achieve those goals and objectives.

In the training you will learn :

  • How create an effective session design
  • How to  apply the 6 P’s model to establish session objectives and expectations
  • How the key principles of the RbC Method (Attitudes and Action) apply
  • How to apply the RbC Models to create a robust collaborative experience for participants
  • How to create the best venue for your session
  • How to determine the number and type of participants
    How to choose the types of Activities to achieve session outcomes
  • How to sequence Activities for best group interactions
  • How to develop appropriate Assignments for each Activity
  • How and when to best use RbC visual worksheets
  • How to leverage and apply RbC Kits to enhance standard session types

Facilitating RbC Sessions

Facilitating an RbC session is different from traditional facilitation.

Because it is based on Design, the facilitator’s role is more that of a coach rather than a “process cop”.

The facilitators main role is to guide participants through the planned Activities in the Design.  Facilitators monitor both individual and group interactions.

RbC facilitators know when to stimulate creative thinking and when to focus workgroups on detailed action planning.  They are able to create the best dialogue, engage each person and elicit the best thinking all while ensuring the objectives of each Activity are accomplished.  Their focus is enabling the RbC process and not controlling the outcomes.

The RbC facilitator is focused on helping participants have the best conversations, they can, to do what God is calling them to do.

During the training they learn:

  • How to create and manage workgroups in the Session
  • How to manage dominant personalities
  • How to incorporate the proper spiritual rhythm for the session
  • How to use the RbC method to address common session killers like:
    • Dominating personalities/roles
    • Wandering into rabbit trails
    • Disengaged/disgruntled participants
    • Information overload
  • How to manage emotional topics/conversations
  • How to lead large group discussions that gather all viewpoints
  • How to lead conversations with Open and Closed questions
  • How to create opportunities for emergence and “aha” thinking
  • How to lead workgroups in developing detailed plans for action

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