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Volume 60: Standing in the Gap

March 2019

As leaders in this time, especially following the recent 2019 Session of the General Conference, we are called to stand in the gap.  Most United Methodist leaders in Western North Carolina serve among people who were pleased with the outcome and among people who are anguished by the decisions. This will require a variety of pastoral responses and care. This edition of eLEAD provides resources for standing in the gap, continuing the conversation, communicating the implications, and providing care.

"The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I’ll stick with God; I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go. I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed."

-Psalm 16:7-9 (The Message)


PUT YOUR OWN OXYGEN MASK ON FIRST

By Dan Hester, LDT Chairperson
It is important for leaders to care for themselves and for one another.  You are encouraged to be in conversation with and care for each other. “Whether it's reading online posts, or talking to other clergy, I feel like that is part of the practice of putting on my own oxygen mask first. Whatever practices give a leader oxygen, that's step one in these days. “...MORE


 THE ART OF LISTENING

By Daniel Schramm

Are you actively listening to those around you? Human hearts are in pain, joy, and ambivalence; all have stories to tell, and all have emotions that need to be heard. By actively listening, you can extend God’s grace to those who so sorely need it...MORE

 


MODELS FOR DISCUSSION OF DIFFICULT TOPICS:

 

SIX THINKING HATS

 

Six Thinking Hats is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. A powerful tool set, which once learned can be applied immediately!… MORE

 

WORLD CAFÉ MODEL

Drawing on seven integrated design principles, the World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue...MORE


 POINT OF VIEW

 

POV is designed to equip participants to grow in empathy, have a broader understanding of different points of view and to create generative dialogue around challenging conversations... MORE 


TRANSFORMING CONFLICT

 Good leaders know how to properly utilize conflict for growth. If you shy away from confrontation, you might actually be making things worse. Rather than resisting conflict, learn how to lean into it and approach confrontation with a positive attitude.… MORE


EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Forbes Magazine offers 5 c’s of effective communication: clear, concise, compelling, curious, and compassionate. Communication has multiple aspects and this article outlines ways to be heard and build trustMORE


DISCERNMENT

People are beginning to discern what their future looks like.  Exploring candidates and candidates for ministry are determining whether to continue to follow God’s call in the United Methodist Church.  Clergy are discerning whether to retire, take a leave of absence, or turn in their credentials. Lay people are discerning if a United Methodist Church is the right place to worship and serve. Taking time for discernment and exploring with others can be helpful tools.

Ignatian Spirituality offers tools for discernment

Discernment is best done with a Spiritual Director.  The Leadership Development Team offers a list of WNC spiritual directors, organized by district.


UPROAR: CALM LEADERSHIP IN ANXIOUS TIMES

By Peter L. Steinke

Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times helps leaders understand the powerful impact that emotional processes have on the people they lead. It’s a time when leaders cannot be as anxious as those they serve; otherwise, the system is leaderless. Two copies are available in the Conference Resource Center...MORE


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


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PREVIOUS eLEAD TOPICS

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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