Missional Leadership & Development

“Follow my example, just like I follow Christ’s.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

The Holy Spirit gives the missional church a community of leaders who cultivate within themselves and the congregation a desire to practice their faith and service inside and outside the church.

This priority focuses on how we want to be intentional about developing people into servant leaders who are working to build the kingdom of God here in our congregation, our community, and in the world. As Disciples of Jesus we are not just in the gathering and nurturing business, but also the business of equipping leaders and sending them out into the world. God is calling all of us to be Disciples of Jesus; to get involved and be the hands and feet of Christ. The ultimate measure of the effectiveness of a congregation is not how many people come to the church, but how many people go from the church inspired to make a difference in the world.

To help us work toward this priority we will provide opportunities for people in all stages to become servant leaders through these 3 goals:
  • Refocus the current Lay Leadership team. Action steps include: As is in line with the United Methodist Book of Discipline, the Lay Leadership Committee will become the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development (CNLD) and will serve throughout the year to recruit leaders and guide their development and training; the Vision team will add an additional member who will also serve on the CNLD.
  • New leaders will be coached before taking a leadership role and while in leadership. Action steps include: Vision Team and staff will coach leadership serving on ministry teams, the Vision Team will design and implement – with the help of CNLD - a Leader Covenant that will entail upholding our membership vows and other expectations of a leader, the entire congregation will renew their membership vows in November, 2014.
  • A community of multiple leaders will come together 3 or 4 times a year for training and to track the progress of the church. Action steps include: Define who the community of leaders is; introduce a co-chair team process with staff persons and lay persons working together; focus training sessions on our missional vocation, training and teaching; encourage leaders to attend the Fruitful Congregations workshops.