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Please answer the questions based on the following observations in a “case study” congregation:
All of the program staff (minister, religious educator, music director) are white baby boomers with graduate degrees.
Attendance by people younger than 50 and by families with children is sporadic on Sunday morning.
There are many divorced families with children who only attend every other Sunday.
There is a Monday night playgroup held in the church that attracts many families.
Once their children graduate, most parents drift away from the congregation.
According to the Church of the Larger Fellowship, there are 40 local UUs under 40 that are within driving distance of the congregation, but are CLF members.
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One possible intervention is to change the format of Sunday morning.
Who might be important stakeholders to consider?
Members of the adult choir seem to be resistant to any changes to Sunday morning. What might be a “most likely” competing commitment?
Long term members might have the interpretation that newer members don’t really care about the congregation.
Young families might have the interpretation that the long term members don’t understand how work commitments and parenting has changed since they were young.
What is an example of the “Ladder of Inference?”
Who does NOT have formal authority in the congregation?