Volume 63: VISION

June 2019

This month’s eLEAD theme is one of the top characteristics of leadership effectiveness as identified by Towers Watson. The focus for June is to Define and Articulate a Future Vision of the Church.  

Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time.

Habakkuk 2:2-31

In 1975 the British Leyland automobile manufacturer touted that their aerodynamic Triumph TR7 was “The shape of things to come!”  And while the sleek, wedge-shaped design did reflect the need for aerodynamics in passenger cars gleaned from experience and data learned in the racing industry, production of the TR7 ceased in 1981.  Perhaps knowledge of a basic design isn’t a guarantee of producing a lasting model in an ever-changing environment.  
So, what is the “shape” of the church in and of the future?  Some persons have even asked the question, “Does the church have a future?”  The Good News is that the church has a future! The Holy Spirit is ultimately responsible for its creation and sustaining its presence in the world but we are called to be responsive to the leading of the Spirit in our lifetime that the church might be shaped into a viable, innovative vehicle carrying out the call and work of Christ in the world.
The Reverend Kari Howard and the Reverend Margaret Freeman are both inspired and gifted leaders in the United Methodist Church who bring years of faithful experience and thoughtful reflection to articulating a future vision of the church, in particular, our United Methodist Church.  They each offer their own keen, compassionate, loving response to us as we seek to invite the Spirit to shape us for hugging the road ahead.

This month’s E-LEAD has been coordinated by Rev. David Beam. David is the senior pastor at First UMC, Franklin.


by Rev. Kari Howard, Elder in the Uwharrie District, Pastor of West Bend, Asheboro.

With its roots tied deeply to the University of Oxford, it is appropriate that John Wesley considered that Methodist Ministers should continue their education in all aspects of their life in order to fulfill the calling and responsibility of sharing the Gospel...MORE


by Rev. Margaret Freeman, Minister of Discipleship, First UMC, Franklin?

Choosing to invest in continuous learning and capacity development is clearly connected with effectiveness in ministry and leadership...MORE 


by Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, the episcopal leader of the New York Annual Conference.

A six week study that explores how we can move beyond all the discord within the church to a hope-filled future by exploring how we can come together around what matters most so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ becomes a vibrant part of our lives… MORE



by Rev. Rob Fuquay, Pastor. St. Luke’s UMC, Indianapolis, IN (Former clergy member of WNC).

A Six week study which offers a close look into the life of Martin Luther and the world of  sixteenth-century Europe and discovers what makes Luther’s message revolutionary today—and how we can embrace Reformation in the church and in our personal lives...MORE


by Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson is the episcopal leader of the North Georgia Annual Conference.

Very few left the General Conference 2019 in St. Louis without the feeling of immense loss, like something had died. Most of us know that it was the end of The UMC as it had previously existed. But most of us have also returned home and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in many ways... MORE  


Many of these books are available from the Conference Resource Center.  If you want to borrow one that they don’t have, contact Kim Ingram and it will be added.

 Contact Kim Ingram to share your story of leadership development and learning (success or failures welcome!).



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)

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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