Lay Leadership


2014 Lenten Devotional

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6 things all leaders should solemnly swear Just as doctors take the Hippocratic oath when starting out in their careers, so corporate leaders should swear a pledge acknowledging their duties and obligations, writes Kevin Eikenberry. He suggests a pledge that includes promises to ask more questions, to acknowledge and work to understand dissenting views and to be patient with change-resistant employees. “And if you care to join me, you will be making a commitment to communicate more effectively, and lead with greater influence,” he writes. KevinEikenberry.com

http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/communication/take-this-oath-to-communicate-change-more-effectively/

10 Principles of 21st Century Leadership

By James Strock

1. Everyone Can Lead, Because Everyone Can Serve.

2. The Most Valuable Resource of Any Enterprise is its People.

3. We Are in Transition from a Transaction-Based World to a Relationship-Based World.

4. Leadership is a Relationship Between Empowered, Consenting Adults.

5. Leadership is a Dynamic Relationship.

6. There is No Universal Leadership Style.

7. Leadership Roles Are Converging.

8. A Leader’s Unique Task is to Imagine and Advance a Vision.

9. Love is the Highest Level of Leadership Relationship.

10. Character is a Competitive Advantage.

What do you think? In the coming weeks and months this blog will examine these principles and their implications for how we all live and work today.

The link to this article is http://servetolead.org/10-principles-of-21st-century-leadership/

Yesterday Andy Lunt (Director of Congregational Development), Paul Nixon (Path One Consultant) and I drove through the City of Baltimore.  We were loaded down with maps, demographic reports and news clips about about the various communities, that comprise the Charm City.  Our goal was simple, to identify places where a UMC community of faith was missing.

We drove through Franklin Square, Lafayette Square, Bolton Hill, Fells Point, Canton. Paterson Park, John Hopkins Hospital and then straight out Belair Road to Overlea and back across the city to Catonsville, through PIkesville and Mt. Washington.  As we drove through and talked to people, observed the community differences and the obvious challenges I was most disturbed and shaken by the extreme poverty that exists in several neighborhoods where there is no UMC.  I know that the rule of thumb in starting a new church is go to where there is community growth.  I get that but we need a new strategy for our urban communities and for city centers.

I am praying that God will send ministry servants who care and will participate in a ministry to directly address the plight of the poor, the working poor and those living in communities where the social problems including food insecurity, access to healthcare, drugs being sold on the streets and addictions of every kind outweigh and overshadow the hope that there is a better life and the realization of God’s love in their lives.

My prayer is that we develop a team to change one neighborhood in a major way to reflect the Reign of God’s kingdom here on earth. If you will join me in this prayer, please leave a comment.

Saturday August 27th the Western Region of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church held their Call to Action training session in three locations.  Here are the power points that we used.

Lay Leadership Presentation

Worship Presentation

Call to Action Overview

Small Groups Presentation