Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the BOM Mid Quad Training Event in Denver. Bishop Hagiya of The Pacific Northwest Conference who shared his dissertation research results around the question: “What traits, qualities, or characteristics, if any, do highly effective and successful United Methodist Church ministers exhibit specifically in regard to growth of their churches when compared to less effective United Methodist Church ministers?”
From in-depth interviews in response to this question, Bishop Hagiya found:
12 Key Leadership Traits of Effective United Methodist Pastors
Excel in Emotional Intelligence
Excel in Transformational Leadership – They see the gifts in others, name & cultivate those gifts, and unleash these gifts and people into the ministry & community
Possess a deep well of faith in a Triune God, from which spring their values, behaviors, attitudes and decisions.
Have a passion for their work in ministry, and are engaged and focused in their work.
Possess a deep humility that stems from their allegiance to a higher authority & calling.
All have mentors who have shaped their formation, leadership in ministry and provided trust and counsel.
Demonstrate entrepreneurial traits and behaviors.
Excel in oral & written communications. They are some of the top preachers of their annual conferences.
Demonstrate resiliency in their personal & professional set-backs, and attribute such resiliency to their faith life and practice.
Have a personal vision, and that vision does have an impact on the larger vision of the church where they serve.
Understand systems theory and organizational development.
Adapt to and are impacted by the local church’s situation and context.
This week I was part of the BOM Mid Quad Training Event in Denver. After some reflection, I want to share some possible next steps for me and for our Board of Ordained Ministry. Here goes…
Next Steps for the Board of Ordained Ministry
Have God’s eyes for big possibilities
Consider process changes to encourage and identify highly motivated, self-starting, creative and entrepreneurial leaders.
Be steady in purpose, but flexible in strategy. -Gil Rendle
Continue commitment to change and diversify
Be intentional in language used around the candidacy process – What do we do? Why do we do it?
Focus on telling the story of the Great Plains Board of Ordained Ministry – not the stories of the Board from our former conferences.
Explore ways to recruit before self-selection as a candidate
Identify the small changes which would make the biggest difference in changing the dynamics of the Board.
Next Steps for Me
Have God’s eyes for big possibilities
Actively engage as a lifelong learner, i.e. D. Min, conferences, reading, etc.
Be part of addressing the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities of being a global denomination with a democratic polity.
Consider additional opportunities to serve at the annual, jurisdictional and general conferences
Look for ways to further develop my:
understanding of systems theory
Continuously look for the gifts in others, name and cultivate those gifts, and unleash these gifts and people into the ministry and community.
Seek out those who would mentor me and those who could be mentored by me.
Recognize that deep change means surrendering control.
Identify the small changes which would make the biggest difference in my leadership in the local church
Seek both mastery and originality
Will you please share your thoughts, feelings and opinions about these lists? What changes could be most helpful for the Great Plains Board of Ordained Ministry? How might I best improve my work as an Elder in the United Methodist Church?
On the balcony – getting a big picture perspective removed from day to day responsibilities and
On the dance floor – accomplishing day to day tasks to make progress as an organization.
Spending time in either location can be productive, however you cannot spend your time in one place or another.
As I have entered into a new leadership setting – as pastor of First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, KS – I have found that it has been particular important to make sure that I spend some time on the balcony. The day to day responsibilities of transitioning into a new role can overwhelm the time needed to take a breath and reflect on the big picture of life and ministry. As I prepare to begin my fourth month in this appointment, I have been making progress on spending time in both places.
There are innumerable issues that delegates are trying to make progress on to help the United Methodist Church live into God’s dream for the denomination. It is a shared challenge on all of these issues that there are other delegates who think the way things are is just fine.
If you think things are crummy, remember that it is working for someone.
If General Conference 2012 has taken you to the edge of your comfort zone, you are in the right place to make progress on the issues about which you care deeply. Too far inside your comfort zone and it may be difficult to make more progress than has already been accomplished. Too far outside your comfort zone and you may be unable to effectively take action.
The edge of your comfort zone is the place where you start to feel incompetent.
This is the place where progress is most likely to occur.
Everyone has expectations of leaders. These expectations come in many different forms, including, but not limited to:
Who a leader will be
What a leader will say
How a leader will act
What roles a leader will play
When a leader show up
Leadership often comes in unexpected ways from unexpected people. As you think about the goals on which you are trying to make progress, remember that exercising leadership may be distinct from what we expect of people in leadership.