Resources for Congregations

Powerful Thoughts

August 03, 2010  |  Download PDF

The eminent organizer, Ron Snyder, once said that training an organizer is really about teaching someone "to think."  According to Ron, organizers have a unique way of thinking.  To become an effective organizer means to learn how to stop thinking in one's usual way and to instead "think" like an organizer.  To change how one thinks involves first becoming aware of what causes us to react the way we do, to identify the "triggers" that precede our thought patters.  What are the assumptions from which our pattern of thinking emerges?  Learning depends on self-awareness, and to become self-aware as an organizer requires a discipline of self-reflection.

One critical area of learning for most organizers has to do with their thinking about power.  How we think of power has a great influence on how we train leaders, how we use power of our organizations and how we approach creating change in our communities.  Power is central to our organizing model, and how we think about power is one of the key linchpins to our success or failure as organizers.