At the heart of the North Carolina Conference’s vision statement is the core emphasis placed on leadership – the leaders who make a difference in our congregations, on the mission field, and in our communities.
“Effective Leaders and Healthy Congregations Making Disciples for Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”NC Conference Vision
In ministry, the effectiveness of the leaders influences congregational health. It makes sense. If the church is managed with clarity of purpose, if conflict is dealt with in healthy ways, if leaders know how to navigate change and transitions, congregations will be prepared to reach out to the community, neighbors, and organizations as Christians.
The Center for Leadership Excellence develops programs, both transformational and catalytic, to equip leaders with practical content, making lasting changes in leadership.
An Encouragement for May
I’ve said it before. God has a great sense of humor. The Holy Spirit keeps grabbing my attention even when I’m busy doing the work of ministry. And while I sometimes resist reading yet another inspiring devotion, blog, or book, the reality of God’s love in Christ interrupts unexpectedly. Continue Reading→
Embracing Change … A New Leadership Fellows Experience
Just as churches need to evaluate their ministries, the Center for Leadership Excellence regularly seeks feedback and makes significant and minor adjustments. We are excited to announce a big adjustment […] Continue Reading→
An Encouragement for April
As my kids push fully into their teenage years, I’m getting (*painful*) daily lessons in learning how to let go. Growing into independence, they no longer want my daily inquiries into their lives, my hugs, my wisdom advice, or even my presence on many days. Knowing that their days living in our home are numbered, I find myself desperate to hold on to every moment with them. Watching them fumble through their first independent choices, it is hard to not control or criticize. Loosing my grip on their lives is a daily spiritual practice. Continue Reading→
Bring Your Team and Get Started with Messy Church
The NC Conference Evangelism & Discipleship Team, in partnership with the Center for Leadership Excellence, is hosting a Day of Learning that will equip you to start Messy Church gatherings […] Continue Reading→
How to Make a Courageous Ask
Talking about money in church can be uncomfortable. Yet when we believe in our mission and ministry, inviting others to be a part of it should be easy. You […] Continue Reading→
An Encouragement for March
Upon my departure from Mississippi, a lovely friend/clergy sister/colleague, Rev. Barbara (isn’t it interesting how one person can play many roles in our lives!) gave me a gift bag with a coffee mug displaying Rosie the Riveter. Rosie’s arm is bent with muscle flexed, declaring, “We Can Do It!” Continue Reading→
Webinar for Laity
The Center for Leadership Excellences presents a webinar specifically designed for UMC laity… How can we, as United Methodists, utilize our present denomination’s challenges as a catalyst for joining Christ […] Continue Reading→
An Encouragement for February
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8 (NRSVue) In the early 2000s, I served as pastor to a church of about 80 members. One of the favorite hymns of the congregation was “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” and we sang it often. The hymn has this lovely refrain… Continue Reading→
It’s Time for a United Methodist Renewal
“Church renewal” is widely discussed across Methodism today, but renewal will not happen apart from serious engagement with and from the margins of society. Join us for a webinar with […] Continue Reading→