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Networking for Ministry

Networking for ministry utilizes and Christianises  “CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships.”

English poet John Donne, writing in the 17th century, famously wrote that “no man is an island,” comparing people to countries and arguing for the interconnectedness of all people with God. That statement is even more true today than in the 17th Century.

Learning and developing Networking for Ministry changes our effectiveness in reaching out to others, being found by those in need, connecting with others of like mind and heart, finding help in time of need.  Indeed networking expands the scope and effectiveness of who we are and what we can achieve as the people of God.

Networking for Ministry

Learning and developing Networking for Ministry changes our effectiveness in reaching out to others, being found by those in need, connecting with others of like mind and heart, finding help in time of need.  Indeed networking expands the scope and effectiveness of who we are and what we can achieve as the people of God.

Effective networking is a vital tool for ministry today.  Not only our personal networks but our local and denominational networks also demand greater attention.  With the advent of the internet and online social media, and professional networking sites, our networking skills are of greater value than ever before in our history.   Increasingly we find that we must not only network our churches and ministries with the world beyond our local community, but in doing so, we are reaching more of the world with increasing degrees of effectiveness.

Networking for Ministry, this particular unit utilizes the Community Services Training package unit “CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships”.

It is ideally suited for developing networking skills in the Ministry or the secular networking skills required. This subject can be undertaken online through our online training portal, or it can be completed through the development of a detailed skills development portfolio.

Networking for Ministry Performance and Knowledge

Performance Evidence

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • developed strategies for networking and collaboration for at least 1 organisation
  • worked collaboratively with external individuals or groups in at least 3 different service delivery situations

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • legal and ethical considerations for collaborative practice, including:
    • copyright and intellectual property
    • privacy, confidentiality and disclosure
  • principles of networking and collaboration
  • different types of networks and collaboration:
    • organisational
    • individual
    • virtual
    • formal/informal
  • benefits of networking and collaboration:
    • for clients
    • for the organisation
    • for the worker
  • values, limitations and dynamics of networks and collaborative partnerships
  • industry structure and interrelationships between different organisations, both public and private
  • established networks in relevant area of work:
    • structure
    • key stakeholders
    • vision and purpose
    • opportunities for participation

Networking for Ministry Learning and Assessment Options

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice.

This unit applies to work in all industry sectors, and to individuals who take pro-active responsibility for improving collaboration between workers and organisations.

1. Identify networking and collaboration needs and opportunities

1.1 Evaluate the ways in which individual and organisation performance may be improved through collaboration

1.2 Identify and prioritise organisation and individual needs

1.3 Identify gaps in networks and collaborative practice and identify required action to fill the gap

2. Develop collaboration strategies

2.1 Gather and review information about relevant services, organisations and key people

2.2 Pro-actively initiate relationships with other inter and intra sectoral professionals and organisations

2.3 Share information and resources, where possible, with other organisations to overcome duplication in service delivery

2.4 Maintain currency and accessibility of information

2.5 Define and document the type and level of collaboration, and negotiate with the relevant people

3. Work collaboratively

3.1 Identify opportunities that meet client, personal and organisation goals

3.2 Plan and implement integrated projects and service delivery

3.3 Liaise with staff from relevant organisations on a formal and informal basis

4.  Represent the organisation

4.1 Promote a positive image of the organisation at available opportunities

4.2 Communicate issues, policies and practices of the organisation in appropriate formats

4.3 Implement confidentiality measures that protect client, organisation and network

5. Maintain and enhance networks and collaborative partnerships

5.1 Maintain networks and other work relationships to provide identifiable benefits for clients and the organisation

5.2 Improve and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

5.3 Monitor benefits to worker, organisation and client group in ongoing participation

5.4 Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of collaborations and make recommendations for action

Networking for Ministry Learning and Assessment Options

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  • use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including information relating to peak bodies, network groups and web-based network services
  • modelling of industry operating conditions, including the presence of situations that allow interactions with individuals and organisations

To help you gather the evidence required we suggest that you collate the information over a period of not less than 1 months and compile it with a report addressing the issues Identified in the Assignment and report proforma.

It is undertaken through our “Online Training Portal” while evidence of practical experience will be applied in the context of the local church

The portal provides the student with an interactive and comprehensive learning and training section.  Various assignments are presented which are designed to teach and develop and determine competency in the units. Detailed instructions and access are provided to students by VIC as they enter the unit.

An overview of the training portal can be accessed through these videos.

Logging into the LMS

An overview of your resource

Completing assessments

 

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