Fred Allen, National Director, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
Ted Campbell, Associate Professor of Church History, Perkins School of Theology
Gail Ford Smith, Director, Center for Clergy Excellence, Texas Annual Conference
Panel 2: The Role of Supervision in Developing Effective Leaders
Bishop Cynthia Harvey, Louisiana Episcopal Area
Rev. Dr. Tom Choi, District Superintendent, California-Pacific Annual Conference
Rev. Dr. Candace Lansberry, District Superintendent, Desert Southwest Annual Conference
In the afternoon we were divided among table groups with a mix of people both geographically and in role (Board Chair, Vice-Chair, DS, etc.). We were given case studies of situations which a Board of Ordained Ministry may face and engage in conversation and reflection about what actions, motivations and next steps. In the evening, we went out to eat as a Great Plains team with one of our Iliff seminary students.
Here are some of my takeaways from the day:
Many early Methodist leaders would likely have faced significant challenges moving through the process with a Board of Ordained Ministry today.
Regarding the divide / friction / boundary between cabinet and Board of Ordained Ministry:
It is common across many annual conferences.
The Judicial Council decisions around this matter center around fair / due process.
Agreement around a common goal can significantly dissolve anxiety and build trust
Systems, processes and strategies are bound by time and place. They are not effective forever.
Last week, someone shared with me an insight that they had gained serving as a volunteer at Resurrection.
You can’t lead beyond the leader.
If you are not ultimately responsible for a ministry area, worship service, congregation, or nearly any other grouping of people there is always some limit on what you can implement. The leader has to make space for engagement, different perspectives and empower those that are being lead.
As a leader, equipping others is one of the most important things that I do.
As a follower, patience, encouragement and service are valuable in making progress.
I have continued to pitch micro churches as a way of finding renewal within The United Methodist Church and building Christian communities where non religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. I am currently working on training leaders to launch these faith communities. I hope that by the end of August there will be three micro churches worshiping regularly. I want to share with you the documents and presentation that I am using as a guide to train these leaders.
These continue to be works in progress. I am working on a document now to address sacraments and will post in a later post when it is prepared. Will you please take a look at these documents and offer your response, ideas or opinions?
I am excited for the potential that exists for micro churches to create new places for new people to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
In Zimbabwe, there did not seem to be a separation between personal holiness and social holiness.
One of the sites that we visited was planning on drilling a water well that would be able to provide water for the church members and the community. This would prevent the need to get up at 3:00 or 4:00 AM to retrieve water every day. If I remember correctly, the pastor placed this at the top of the list for the church – over getting a roof on their sanctuary.
Among the gathering that day was the tribal leaders – a man and a woman. The chief spoke on behalf of the community and spoke to the importance of the church’s priorities for the good of the entire community.
The goals of the church matched the goals of the community.