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.
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, has announced that Dr. Tim Bruster will join the Conference staff as the Director of Finance and Administrative Services. This is a part-time position and is effective Aug. 1.
In his role, Tim, who recently retired from a 42-year ministry as a local church pastor (the last 19 years as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth) will be a member of the Cabinet and serve as the staff liaison for the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, Conference Trustees, Conference Board of Pensions, and other duties as described in ¶619.2 of the UMC Book of Discipline. Greg Carey will continue to serve as the Central Texas Conference Treasurer.
The Director of Finance and Administrative Services position comes as a rather unexpected next step in Dr. Bruster’s ministry to many, including Dr. Bruster. Read More about Dr. Tim Bruster here.
Rev. Lara Whitley Franklin has been appointed by Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. as the Executive Director of the Roberts Center for Clergy Leadership effective July 1.
"I am honored to serve the Central Texas Conference as part of the Cabinet and the Roberts Center for Leadership," said Lara. "The Roberts Center exists to equip and support clergy leaders in our mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world. In our current social climate, clergy leaders often feel overwhelming pressure to please everyone, maintain the status quo, and keep the peace. I think we have all felt it. But leaders, clergy and lay alike, are called to be visionaries, to perceive and believe in the potential of a future that increasingly mirrors the kingdom of God. I am so pleased that Bishop Saenz is focused on supporting and equipping clergy for their work as leaders. I am eager to allow God to use me for God's good purposes." Read More about Lara Franklin here