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Where are they now? – Andy

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Andy, a 2012 Tempo participant, now teaches in a primary school in Northern Ireland.

What are you doing and why are you doing it? 

Andy: I am currently teaching in a primary school as a key stage 2 learning support teacher for a class of eight children with moderate learning difficulties. I have always been passionate about working with children and young people on the fringes and this job gives me the opportunity to do that daily. It is incredibly challenging at times, but the rewards outweigh the struggle!

What impact has Tempo had on your work and/or life? What have you put into practice from the Tempo content? What has stuck with you since the training?

Andy: Tempo gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership abilities and organisation skills. As a teacher, I now am responsible for casting a vision in my planning and preparation for the year. I also need to delegate constantly, working with and managing additional classroom and learning support. These were all skills I learnt over the course of the Tempo programme.

How can we and others be praying for you?

Andy: Pray for me as I seek to continually learn from others on my journey as a teacher. There is so much still to learn and I make mistakes daily, yet, with reflection and planning I know I can stretch and challenge myself to be the best leader and role model for the children in my classroom.

Where Are They Now? – Emma

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Emma, a 2014 Tempo participant, now works as the School Chaplain to Wilson’s Hospital Boarding School and Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officer in the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Meath and Kildare.

What are you doing and why are you doing it? 

Emma: I’m currently working in dual roles as School Chaplain to Wilson’s Hospital Boarding School and Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officer in the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Meath and Kildare.  At the time of Tempo I was a secondary school teacher and I’ve moved into these roles for a couple of reasons.  I became more convinced that I wanted to be involved in youth and school’s work, but in a more unconventional role than teaching.  I felt very restricted by the Irish examination system and since I can’t single-handedly bring it down, my new role allows me to a bit more creative in how I come alongside pupils as they navigate these difficult years.  Another reason I went for this job was that I was curious to see how I would get on working in a more explicitly “Christian” job where I could be a bit more straightforward in conversations about faith and letting people know they are loved.  The main reason was that, in spite of myself, I knew I was being called into the roles as I came from a rural Church of Ireland and Boarding School background and I knew I would be able to “speak the language” and hopefully be of some use in building the Kingdom in that context.

What impact has Tempo had on your work and/or life? 

Emma: Tempo provided inspiration and direction at a time when I was really in doubt about what I was doing with my life professionally.  The single most important question I have ever been asked professionally was at the centre of the Tempo experience: how would your context look different if the Kingdom of God came?  That reflective question was the catalyst for so much of the activity I began in my last year as a teacher in a secondary school. At the time I was heartbroken when, during the Tempo course, it became clear my time at the school was coming to an end (career break cover that had always been uncertain).  Looking back now I see that a great future was around the corner and that in the meantime I lived so much more confidently, meaningfully and faithfully because of the dreams and plans that the Tempo course caused me to put into action in work.  Even though some of the projects never had a chance to develop into what I had dreamed, the experience I gained by starting them, and the relationships that I built because of those “start ups” were so invaluable – both personally and professionally in my new roles.  I know I would have stayed in the comfortable rut that year if I hadn’t had the input from the course and the encouragement and accountability of the other participants on Tempo.  Tempo also linked me in with the work of Innovista in general and I really benefitted from their Leading for Life event as a kind of top up of inspiration after Tempo had been done for a while.

What have you put into practice from the Tempo content? What has stuck with you since the training?

Emma: Listening to your context was an important principle that has been useful in the move to a new part of Ireland and a new job.  I’ve been navigating the difficult terrain of trying to pitch in to “the way we do things round here” and at the same time, injecting some energy and new perspectives, so the listening piece has been great to help me do that more sensitively.  I do struggle with throwing myself into different opportunities as they arise, but I constantly have the Tempo lessons about vision and strategy floating around the back of my mind.  That knowledge has been making me really determined to set aside some time to think about the bigger picture and think more long-term.

How can we and others be praying for you?

Emma: In terms of prayer my biggest problem is definitely that the jobs can be all-consuming, because they require so much creativity and energy.  This coupled with the fact that I can become a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to a project I care about, is a bit of a recipe for fatigue and losing your sense of purpose.  I am always happy to be prayed for about discipline, forming healthy routines, taking space to spend time with God and remember what it’s all about!

Introducing… Karen

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We are delighted to have Karen Buttimer join our team! Here’s a little about who she is and what she’ll be doing with us at Innovista…

Where do you live and what brought you there?

I currently live in Belfast. I moved here, from Cork, in 2006 to take up a job with IFES Ireland, covering maternity leave for 7 months. I never left!

How did you first get involved with Innovista?

My first involvement with Innovista was attending Leading for Life in Berlin in 2007. I never imagined that I would someday be the one organising Leading for Life… if I had, I would probably have taken more notice of how things were run! I went back to Leading for Life in 2008 and 2009, and did Tempo in Belfast in 2011/12 (Ashleigh Harrison was also part of that Tempo group!).

What have you been doing until now?

After the maternity leave cover job ended I stayed on with IFES Ireland as their Communications Administrator. In 2010, I moved to work part-time with Latin Link. And in 2014, I started my role with Innovista, working 2 days a week, alongside the Latin Link job.

Until now my main role with Innovista has been as Project Manager for Leading for Life, where my love for organisation comes in useful! Recently I was given the opportunity to work an extra day a week with Innovista, which allows me to do more work with Innovista International on Leading for Life and other similar projects, but also allows me to give some time to Innovista Ireland.

What will you be doing with Innovista Ireland?

At the moment I’m helping out with three main areas:
– Finance
– Working on policies, procedures and systems we need to have in place
– Impact assessments for our training delivery

I also get to be part of the Innovista Ireland team, joining Sam, Ashleigh and Anne for team meetings in Dublin about once a month.

And finally, what has inspired you recently or is inspiring you currently?

Over the last few months I’ve had the privilege of chatting to some of the leaders who were at Leading for Life in Berlin in 2015. I have loved hearing their stories, what they learned at Leading for Life, and how they are putting that into practice where they are. Seeing one girl come back with a real desire to do something in her situation to engage with non-Christians and take steps to make that happen has been so encouraging. Hearing that others have changed how they think about their role, are delegating more, have asked for feedback from their team or are sharing what they learned is exciting – this makes a difference not just to the leaders we train but to their teams, ministries and those they seek to reach!

Come and join us at Leading for Life One Day Dublin in Dublin on 11 June – and meet Karen!

Teenagers serving the community – RISE update

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At the beginning of the academic year we had the privilege of returning to Mount Carmel Secondary School in the Dublin’s North Inner city for the third year in a row. We love working with the students and teachers from this school; we are thankful for the relationship we have built there. This year we had the bonus of two transition year classes instead of just one and it was all systems go as we set out for another 10 weeks of developing young leaders.

The two classes worked well and within each one we began to see the development of ideas  which would positively influence their local communities. The first class decided upon a community clean-up and the second class chose to visit an elderly care home. We love seeing how teenagers can develop a passion for bringing change to the problems they see around them. Being able to equip and empower them to move into action is one of the most exciting parts of RISE.

Mt Carmel (nursing home Autumn 2015)

While the community initiative project is the end of the RISE Leadership Programme, it is not the end of a students’ RISE journey. At the end of the 10 weeks, we offer anyone who wants to be part of our six week RISE Mentoring Programme. Mentoring allows for further development of a young persons’ school or community engagement.

We were delighted that after working with two classes last term, we have 5 students who want to be part of mentoring after Easter. This one-to-one programme enables us to dig deeper into the leadership goals and dreams that a young person has. We work alongside them as they work out a plan to reach and achieve these goals. It is an exciting time as we begin mentoring these teens in the next two weeks. Watch this space for more stories of teenagers bringing hope to inner city Dublin.

Hope at Christmas

Happy Christmas RISE 2015

 

Thank you for your support and encouragement that has enabled us to equip young leaders to bring hope to communities across the island this year.

One of those groups of young leaders was a transition year class from Mount Carmel Secondary School. Last week they brought hope, smiles and cheer to the residents of a local nursing home by putting on a carol concert as their RISE community project.

May you know the peace, joy and wonder of the incarnation this Christmas.

The Innovista Ireland Team

PS To find out how you can give a gift to enable us to equip more young  leaders in 2016 Give.

 

 

“No-one taught us this leadership stuff”

Over the past few months we’ve met several church leaders and a recurring theme in conversation has been “I can equip people to get to grips with the Bible no problem, but this leadership stuff – we didn’t get taught that”.

Which is where we fit in! We are passionate about equipping leaders (within churches) with the practical skills to lead local mission in ways that fit their context.

Following research into the big issues and gaps those leaders are facing, we are launching a series of workshops over the next year. This will include a series of five workshops in Dublin.

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Download the 2014-2015 Dublin workshop schedule.

We’ll also be running some workshops for the leadership teams of specific local churches. We’re excited about serving the church in this way – if you’d like to find out more please contact us.

‘Step Into Summer’ (Follow Up)

 

 

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Our ‘Step Into Summer’ fundraising event went well Saturday. We could not have done it without those who donated clothes and those who donated their time! Susie designed our poster, organized a load of the clothes and was a massive help. Grace and Becca did a beautiful job with the afternoon tea making us all feel at home and well fed with yummy treats.

Emma took care of tickets and the front desk the entire time. Suzy took pictures at the photo booth, Louise gave back and hand massages, and Liesel painted nails. Paul helped with music and sound. Jo did a great performance adding to the atmosphere. Sarah and Andy were also huge helps. Thanks to everyone who came out, shopped, joined in the fun and donated money. We raised 500! The money raised will help 10 young people experience our RISE programme! We hope to raise more funds with the remaining clothes so keep an eye out for another ‘Step Into Summer’ or car boot sales we’ll be participating in.

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