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Volume 45: Best of 2017
December 2017

The December edition of eLEAD is a “BEST OF” compilation of the most “opened” articles posted in 2017 eLEAD. Each of them was written by a clergy or lay leader in Western North Carolina. Enjoy the wisdom that comes through experience as you read their reflections again. 

eLEAD would love to publish your leadership reflection. Contact Rev.Kim Ingram if you’d be interested in writing for a 2018 edition of eLEAD.


WHEN YOU GET THERE, WHERE WILL YOU BE?

Mapping the Journey of Ministry
by Rev. Jody Seymour- retired but still on the journey

There is an old saying; “If you do not know where you are going you may end up some place else.” I thought of this as I pondered my 44 years of ministry after retiring this past June...MORE


 OBSERVATIONS ON SUCCESSFUL CLERGY HABITS

by Leesa Sluder, Professional Coach with the Davidson Clergy Center

Many caring professionals, including clergy, put their health at the bottom of the list, as they continually bend their schedules and lives to focus on supporting others.

Here are a few of my observations on successful clergy habits to obtain and maintain health...MORE
 


ONE AT A TIME

by Rev. Maria King, Church Vitality Strategist, Northern Piedmont District

One conversation at a time. One story at a time. One room at a time. These three sentences describe how we spread the Gospel and how to begin the crucial process of community engagement....MORE


DEVELOPING A CULTURE IN CHURCH

by Rev. David Christy, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Gastonia
One of the great things about getting to be a local church pastor is that we are allowed to witness different “ways of being” (culture) local churches...MORE


TRANSITIONS

by Rev. David Hockett, Senior Pastor, Boone United Methodist Church

For those of us who live out our pastoral vocation in an itinerant system, transitions are simply a part of the geography we inhabit...MORE


OBSCURE DISCIPLINE PARAGRAPH SAVES LIFE!

by Rev. Veranita Alvord, pastor of Morehead UMC, Greensboro
No kidding. The obscure paragraph regarding “Spiritual Growth Program” in the Book of Discipline I learned about in Tom Frank’s UM Polity Class at Candler School of Theology saved my life
...MORE


EQUIPPING THE SAINTS FOR MINISTRY

by Rev. Chris Westmoreland, pastor of Long’s Chapel UMC at Lake Junaluska
It was my last year of seminary when I sat down in the office of a beloved professor who was asking a question about a recently submitted project.  He asked, “I am not ordained but do you believe that I too am called by God?”.
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TEAM SPIRITUAL RENEWAL OFFERINGS

The Leadership Development Team offered many opportunities to help ministry leaders foster their spiritual growth in 2017. This resource will be offered AGAIN IN 2018. 

Clergy and lay ministry professionals who register for one of the listed programs are eligible for up to $500 in scholarship funds to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and lodging...MORE


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PREVIOUS eLEAD TOPICS

Investing in the Dream (November 2017)
People-ing The Dream (October 2017)
Vision and Leadership (September 2017)
Developing a Small Group Culture (August 2017)
Stepping Away for Formation, Renewal, and Growth (July 2017)
Starting on the Right Foot (June 2017)
Transitions (May 2017)
Creating the Culture You Desire (April 2017)
Missional Engagement (March 2017)
Implementing Strategic Direction (February 2017)
Recalibrating (January 2017)
 
 
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