July 2019

This month’s eLEAD theme is one of the top characteristics of leadership effectiveness as identified by Towers Watson. The focus for July is demonstrating effective management of the local church. 

To make disciples of Jesus Christ, local churches must faithfully & effectively manage their resources. Casting a compelling vision is a lovely endeavor. Taking the next steps toward that vision, however, requires church leaders to observe the current reality toward proactively discerning next steps.
Managing the vision involves this and so much more. In this edition of eLEAD, you will find insightful articles about: overall church management; managing facilities; managing staff personnel; and collaborative leadership to ensure effective management.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church – Matthew 16:18


This month’s E-LEAD has been coordinated by Rev. Mark Conforti. Mark is the senior pastor at First UMC, Salisbury.


by the Rev. Dr. Glenn Kinken is Senior Pastor of Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, NC

Management of people in the local church encompasses both paid staff and volunteer leadership. It is a function of ensuring that both groups understand the mission, vision, and strategic objectives of the church and are working collaboratively to fulfill them...MORE


by the Rev. Mandy Jones is Senior Pastor of Forest Hill UMC in Concord, NC

Churches use facilities on average 10% of the time.  That means for most churches, we are spending money to heat and cool our buildings 90% of the time with zero benefits to the kingdom of God.  When we begin to think about stewardship of our resources and creation care, we can clearly see that this is not an effective use of what God has entrusted to us...MORE 


In January 2007, Lead Pastor Olu Brown peered through the windows of Brown Middle School Auditorium and saw the perfect beginning of his vision for a multicultural gathering of people who would be committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world. This interview with Rev. Brown gives insight to the leadership and management needed to become one of the top 100 fastest growing churches in 2016MORE



by the Rev. Dr. Ken Lyon is a retired elder in the Western North Carolina Conference.

Your staff is accountable to you and the church for their work. We build in accountability structures to give guidance, correct and redirect, set goals and establish clear expectations. There is another component of accountability I think is importantMORE


by Mr. John Dyer is the Lay Leader at Williamson's Chapel UMC in Mooresville, NC, and President of JD&A, Inc.

If you had one word to describe the MAIN ingredient to sustaining and expanding a team-based improvement initiative, what would it be? What does leadership mean exactly? What does the new normal look like for an organization that has achieved true collaboration?...MORE

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Vision (June 2019)

A Life of Growth as a Whole Person (May 2019)

Everyone in Ministry: Inspiring Passion to Faithfully Grow, Learn and Serve (April 2019)

Standing in the Gap (March 2019)

Encouragement is 51% of Leadership (February 2019)

Conflict Resolutions (January 2019)

Best of 2018 (December 2018)

Partnerships (November 2018)

Effective Leaders in Ministry (October 2018)

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)

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