METHODOLOGIES AND INSIGHTS ON TIMELINING
July 26, 1970
Collegium C offers up the following ten points of wisdom concerning
the methodology of timeline making for the sake of the Church
and on behalf of all mankind past, present, and future.
1. Have a common, comprehensive grasp of the theoretical and practical
models down to the most specific level.
2. Work backwards imaginally from the comprehensive goals to the
3. Create an operating image which holds the activities for each
block of time.
4. Correlate the valences and the electric grid to establish specific
5. Consult procedures for each tactic to develop a sequential
6. Identify specific tactics down to the supplementary level as
the references for specific timeline activities.
7. Coordinate cadre, congregation, and parish timelines
and decide the relative expenditure for each one.
8. Use overall goals and operating images as references for specific
9. State activities so concretely that specific accountability
and absolution can be applied.
10. Assure a common grasp of the situation, and hold a tension
between the visionary tendencies and the practical realities of
the existing church timeline, i.e. LOVE THE CHURCH!TIMELINE
The critical insights we gained were that:
- Common language is essential.
- It is important to honor the functional tactical model.
- The timeline must be clear, practical, and permit flexibility.
- The timeline is built from the future to the present.
- A timeline communicates a symbolic message.
- Its concretion of responsibilities creates anxieties.
- Goals must be listed in priority.
The major blocks we encountered were:
- Unclarity on the extent of the auxiliary's direct involvement.
- Unclarity on "touching" versus "turning on"
- Difficulty in abandoning the subjectivity of one's previous
- Tendency to be abstract.
- Unclarity about method.
- Fear to risk.
- Confusion as to the functions of the electric grid and valence
- Not knowing the correct questions to ask.
The principles of timeline methodology we learned were that:
- A contextual statement is necessary before the brainstorming
- Openness allows creativity.
- The workshop dynamic is crucial, i.e., everyone's wisdom is
necessary, no deviation from the task is permitted.
- Persons must transcend their fear of failure.
- It is helpful for small groups to focus the data on behalf
of the total group.
- It is necessary to begin even though there is no clarity on
- A threedimensional timeline answering what you do, when
you do it, and its effect on the other parts of the system is
necessary to hold the complexity of our tactical system.
- There is tension between the actual timeline and the expenditure
of the auxiliary.
- There is tension between imagina1 (tactical) and actual (procedural)
- Vision produces energy.
- A comprehensive context is crucial.
- Internal checks on the validity of the methodology are necessary.
Methodologies and Insights
from Week II PSU
July 26, 1970
I. Methodologies for Timelining
1. Brainstorming and gestalting are essential.
2. Use available tools and data i.e. electric grid etc.
3. Rotate working teams first using large groups, then small groups,
first one group then changing to different people etc.
4. Set goals of what needs to happen in the first month.
5. Timelines should be created beginning at 4th week
and working toward the first.
6. Create weekly timeline, then check the sequential flow individually
by cadre, congregation and parish.
7. Crosscheck timeline with valence chart.
8. Create a value scale of things that must be done and see which
subtactics accomplish those values,
- Insights regarding Timelining
- There is a tendency to stress doing rather than knowing or
- Timelining is a concrete job.
- Timelining is charting the future.
- Timelining is essential to become thoroughly grounded in a
- Timelining is exciting and overwhelming.
- A timeline points to the possibilities of the model.
- Gestalting is necessary at every level.
- Develop a rationale for week I/II constructs.
- Remember there are 3 congregations,
- Select an image which clearly holds the activity appearing
on the timeline.
- Develop an adequate crisscross of sub-tactics.
- Discern thrust and style of each week's activity.
- The life style of the auxiliary must be exhibited immediately.
The first two weeks are not times for just listening.
- Remember - THERE IS NO MESSIAH!
TIMELINE - BUILDING INSIGHTS (FOR AUXILLARY)
T/L for whom
Behalf of All
Long - Range