What does it mean to be a leader in The United Methodist Church?
In general, the role of a leader is to articulate a vision of a preferred future and engage other people in that vision. Leaders see a destination and help others to see it. Leaders in The United Methodist Church do this, but we are also called to a specific mission—to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This mission governs our churches and ministries. To be a leader in The United Methodist Church means to envision what pursuing this mission could look like in a particular context and then engage other disciples in bringing it to fruition. Leaders provide direction. Leaders inspire. Leaders encourage.
The Center for Leadership exists to energize and equip local church leaders, clergy and lay, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by connecting leaders to resources and expertise on topics including personal spiritual formation, preaching, coaching, church governance, Wesleyan tradition, and ethics. This might mean recommending good outside resources such as books and websites, or we might introduce you to a local leader or church who has had success in a particular area.
The center also seeks to cultivate a culture of leaders developing leaders in the CTC. God calls people to all varieties of service. Many people, however, need help or encouragement to discern their calling and find the right fit. We want to help local church leaders to shepherd new leaders.
I invite you to browse around our center’s website. You’ll find pages designed specifically for laity in leadership as well as sections relevant to clergy. Organizationally, our center houses other important resources such as the conference communications and information technology team and the campus ministry team. If you have trouble finding what you need, please feel free to contact one of our team members. We look forward to working with you.