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Volume 55: Effective Leaders in Ministry
October 2018

The job description of a ministry leader may be the most varied and demanding of any profession.  Churches have high expectations and leaders work hard to determine what is needed to help a church grow and thrive. This edition of E-LEAD focuses on ministry leaders and characteristics that have been identified to move churches and ministries toward greater vitality, as well as identifying resources available for leaders.


THE CALL TO ACTION REPORT

Bishop Leeland has made leadership development a priority in Western North Carolina and introduced the Call to Action Report, developed through research by Towers Watson, to the Cabinet and The Leadership Development Team. This report identifies 15 characteristics of leadership needed to help congregations become more vital. Those characteristics and the report are available for leaders and churches to consider.

The WNC Leadership Development Team has been charged with identifying resources that help leaders grow in the areas of leadership effectiveness and connecting clergy and ministry professionals to those resources. Highlighted offerings are available on the Leadership Development website... MORE


FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERSHIP IDENTIFIED IN CALL TO ACTION

Of these 15 characteristics, 4 are most significant, with the others relating back to or falling under each of these 4.  You can find the TOP FOUR characteristics here. For the next 15 months, eLEAD will focus on one of these characteristics each. If you have an experience of leadership that you’d like to share, contact Kim Ingram.


LEARNING AGILITY FACTORS

Learning agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and then apply that learning to perform successfully in new situations.... MORE


CANOEING THE MOUNTAINS: CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP IN UNCHARTERED TERRITORY

by Tod Bolsinger

"Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory" by Tod Bolsinger is a journey into what churches and leaders are facing and how to navigate the “now and not yet” nature of this challenge. The WNC Extended Cabinet, WNC Board of Ordained Ministry, WNC dCOM leaders, and the WNC Leadership Development Team have all read and discussed the book as they consider what it means to identify, develop, and encourage leaders who will serve the church moving forward. It uses the metaphor of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an example of agile leadership and is recommended for WNC ministry leaders... MORE


MINDSET FIRST: HOW TO ACHIEVE CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

As leaders begin to move churches in a new direction, conflict or resistance is inevitable.  While not one of the 15 characteristics identified, the Leadership Development Team recognizes that leaders need resources for how to transform and manage conflict.  On October 23, Mike Merchant of The Arbinger Institute will be in Western North Carolina to help clergy and laity discover how to develop a mindset that transforms conflict.  Find more information about the LIVE and satellite locations and register at this link. In addition, the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will offer a Clergy Clinic in The Western North Carolina Conference in 2019.  More information is forthcoming.


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PREVIOUS eLEAD TOPICS

The Heart of Leadership - A Spiritual Bedrock (September 2018)
Equipping Leaders (August 2018)
Agile Leadership (July 2018)
Cultural Disruption Strategies (June 2018)
Providing Leadership in Ministry with Millennials (May 2018)
The Politics of Preaching (April 2018)
Engaging and Impacting Community (March 2018)
Spiritual Care (February 2018)
Developing Self-Awareness (January 2018)
Best of 2017 (December 2017)
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)
 
 
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