As SPEAK is a grassroots movement, it's really important to us that everyone has their say on where they want the journey of SPEAK to go and that everyone has the opportunity to be a part of making that change a reality. As the Network has grown and developed we've looked for a model that more effectively draws vision from throughout the Network, allows people to express their diverse gifts and callings, gathers different opinions for decision-making, but which doesn't lead SPEAK to become institutionalised and committee-focused.
And Flower Model is the result! We love the fact that people can bring their visions and creativity to a safe space where they can be snapped up and rolled out across the UK. It's a really empowering and exciting experience which we encourage everyone to get involved in! Decisions and conversations occur all year round. However twice a year there a gatherings where people meet face to face in a warm and welcoming environment.
To make it a bit easier to gather project ideas in different areas, there are different teams focusing on different areas of SPEAK eg. Arts, Campaigns, Prayer etc. The teams that make up Flower Model are like petals, with the facilitators acting to ensure there is good communication, acting like the centre of the flower holding it all together.
Each team will include people from across the Network: local group members, students, young adults, in fact, anyone who wants to contribute to SPEAK and feels called to that area of work. The Petal teams that are in operation at the moment are Arts, Campaigns, Prayer, Network, Faith Sharing & Spirituality and International. Click here to find the contact details for the Petal team coordinators
Flower Model Gatherings
Twice a year a 'Flower Model Weekend' happens. Everyone will gather at the same location for a weekend of vision sharing, decision making and planning. Flower Model is now a firmly established part of the SPEAK year. Weekends happen in April and November, and between these Petal teams have been communicating and meeting to carry forward the work they have agreed on.
If you would like to get involved with Flower Model and hear about upcoming gatherings - great!!! please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org