Adaptive Challenge Teams
The Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA) is one of many regions within the American Baptist Churches (ABC) that has partnered with hundreds of American Baptist congregations seeking to discern fresh directions for mission and ministry. PBA has implemented Adaptive Challenge Teams (ACTs) as a vital ministry that can help congregations to address pressing ministry issues they identified as relevant to three ministry areas – diversity, violence, and leadership.
Using the Adaptive Challenge (AC) process – a process of discernment led by the Holy Spirit – the ACTs identified adaptive challenges that PBA congregations address if they mustare to more authentically live into God’s future for them. The process is part of an American Baptist initiative, “Transformed by the Spirit,” that initiated two years ago at the Biennial Celebration in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Adaptive Challenge (AC) process was introduced at the PBA Annual meeting in May 2012. Persons were asked to participate in the process by providing contact information and PBA church membership. Interested persons signed up to be team members of the ACTs.
The ACTs met over a period of several months at the PBA location. Care was taken to have each team represent some of the diversity that exists within PBA. Unique to PBA was the assignment of an ACT coach familiar with PBA and its congregations.
The AC process was a successful one in that adaptive challenges were identified for the three ministry areas of diversity, violence and leadership. Team members brought to the process a high commitment level, willingness to be transparent, and openness to discerning the Spirit’s leading. The next step in the process will be to organize Action Learning Teams that will design experiments specific to the adaptive challenges identified by each of the three ACTs.
Be on the look out for a discussion on the AC process during PBA’s Annual Meeting to be held on May 4, 2013.
For additional information browse Adaptive Challenge Process Within PBA.