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The Dual Concern Model, Part 3

The graph above demonstrates the proposal made by Blake and Mouton regarding the concern for people vs. the concern for production. In their original publication, they added grid lines for both axes numbering 1 through 9. This was to facilitate the understanding that there were various places on the Managerial Grid that people could fall. In their book they mention that 9 grid lines gives you a possible 81 different points to plot on the grid. In actuality, there are nearly infinite combinations between levels of concern for both people and production.

What Blake and Mouton found, though, was that even though there were nearly infinite possible distributions along these axes, the ranges near the corners of the grid in addition to the mid-point on the grid revealed five general categories that people will typically fall into. Since Blake and Mouton focused on management in their work, their descriptions are similarly managerial focused. I’ve reproduced their grid interpretations in the chart below.

What I find fascinating about the grid as proposed by Blake and Mouton is they way they carefully described the less desirable manifestations in a way that minimized negative language. It’s pretty clear that a managerial style that is concerned for neither people nor production will not produce favorable results. In the same way, focusing concerns on only people or production will produce limited results.

In a setting like a church, where the lines between people and production sometimes blur, how do we see evidence of Blake and Mouton’s dual concern model?

The Dual Concern Model, Part 2

Production and Church Do those two terms sound like the don’t go together well? What is it about the idea of “church” that makes us uncomfortable with terms like “revenue”, “marketing”, or “production”? I’ve felt the twinge that comes from the apparent incompatibility of those concepts, but the truth of the matter is that thoseContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 7

After six parts to the ‘because the cross was made of dogwood’ series I’ve racked up quite a few questions about what the whole dogwood thing has to do with evangelism. Well, today you find out. As many of you know, I have a company that I co-operate with fellow minister Randy Wray that weContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 6

Sorry for the brief hiatus in this series. My oldest son graduated from high school this week, so my schedule was fairly full, as was my house. But we’re back at it now, so jump in the conversation. When I think about churches and their evangelism programs, I often find myself asking ‘what are weContinue Reading

Because The Cross Was Made Of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 5

Thanks for hanging on with us as we’ve covered some of the ramblings of my mind. The comments and feedback have been great. If you haven’t, please check out the other posts in this series and let us all know what you think. We’re going to turn the direction of this series a little andContinue Reading

Moments of Redemption

Occasionally we are blessed to capture glimpses of redemption in the midst of our busy lives. Redemption is a process of the old and worn being reclaimed for a higher purpose, but every now and then there are moments when time seems to stop for just a second and the process of redemption reveals itsContinue Reading

The redemption of hugging

The redemption of hugging

A few days ago I blogged about an incredible revelation I had while walking my dog. That post was one of my most popular ever! Thanks for the great feedback! I’ve been trying the Sadie Experiment for about a week now, and I already have some observable outcomes to report on. First, just like Sadie,Continue Reading

Filled With The Spirit

I’m working on Sunday’s lesson as part of our Basic Christianity series. This week it is ‘Living By The Spirit’. Thanks to an exposure to a hilarious video that opened a 2006 worship conference, I am unable to think about The Spirit without thinking about being ‘Filled with the Spirit’. Watch and enjoy. Now doContinue Reading

Redeeming Christianity

Is that a presumptuous title or what? For the last few years I’ve been engaged in some separate studies that have come together in a surprising way. One of the great benefits of being in full time ministry is the time I get to spend in study and research. The pressure to present it adequatelyContinue Reading

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This blog has languished for the last several years. I’ve tried to revive it periodically by focusing on some particular item or theme, but it’s never held up. I have no idea if I’ll be able to stick with it this time, but I do know one thing. It is time for redemption. It’s hitContinue Reading