by Bob Whitesel Ph.D., 6/24/15.
I was thinking about how organizations sometimes give employees “development days” to pursue education, attend conferences, etc.
But since I encourage 50/50 development, 50 percent on professional development and 50 percent on spiritual development, I believe one option might be that our development days should also be divided equally. (For more on how to balance 50% of your employee’s development in the spiritual arena too, see my chapter “Missteps with Staff Education” in Growth by Accident, Death by Planning, Abingdon Press, 2004).
Here is my response to a former student on this issue. I hope this sheds some light on my thinking regarding how to foster 50/50 learning in our congregations.
Hello ____student name____;
I appreciated that you stated, “I have found that if I can keep the personal development days focused on personal skill development, there is a high interest. I am afraid that if it drifts towards ratios (i.e. 50/50) … interest may change.”
Thank you for your posting. You are correct, many employees are highly interested in developing their skills.
But, I am concerned that 50/50 learning be reflected in our development days too. Let me explain. Church Growth studies are critical, and should be part of the 50% professional development segment. But also spiritual development is needed in the other 50%, lets call this spiritual development.
I suggested to another student in your cohort that 15 days should be expected per year minimum for personal development. Thus, 7 days for professional development, and 8 days for spiritual development.
Thanks for getting me thinking.