Gupton and Turner – Learning from the Daily Improv

Dr. Carlus Gupton and Bob Turner discuss insights and practices for church leaders in their daily work with new technology and social realities. Key takeaways:

  • Be who you are.
  • Stay out in front for your people.
  • Your non-anxious presence is more important than your performance.
  • Focus your lessons on the current need.
  • As a general rule, speak encouragement, write perspective.
  • Brave the learning stages – unconscious incompetent, conscious incompetent, conscious competent, unconscious competent.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Here is the article about Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
  • Two Models for Reflective Practice
    • Reflective Practice #1 – The W.I.N. Short Debrief:
      1. What went WELL?
      2. What could be IMPROVED?
      3. What will I do differently NEXT time? Or, what if?
    • Reflective Practice #2 – Gibbs’ Full-Structured Developmental Debrief
  • Here is Dr. Gupton’s Handout.

Dr. Carlus Gupton is a Professor of Ministry at HST and co-directs our Doctor of Ministry program. He began preaching at an early age, and has over 30 years of professional experience in ministry for congregations small and large. For the past twenty years, Carlus has maintained an active schedule of consulting, coaching, and intentional interim ministry, having worked with over 100 churches and organizations. He has been with HST since 2014 (adjunct 1997-2013).

Bob Turner preaches twice each month at the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis. He has been with HST since 2009. He publishes a newsletter of curated resources for ministers called Footnotes. Subscribe here.

Harding School of Theology (HST), a seminary in Memphis, TN, has been equipping ministers since 1958. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and offering degree programs at the master’s and doctoral levels, HST equips Christian leaders to higher standards of ministry scholarship and challenges them to a deeper faith in God. Combining academic rigor and interpersonal connections, HST emphasizes student engagement in ministry as they study. HST is associated with Churches of Christ, is part of the Stone-Campbell Movement, and is part of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.