Panel 1: Developing Effective Leaders
- 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.