Last week, our new cohort of Leadership Fellows gathered at Edenton Street UMC for two days. It was their second time meeting together, following their retreat at Rockfish Retreat Center in January. This time, the Fellows met for a session on “Self-Awareness and Self-Care,” where they took a deep look at themselves using an Emotional Intelligence (EI) tool, and learned how to continue to develop their EI skills to ensure success both at work and in their personal lives.
The group expressed enthusiasm for the material. In the words of one Fellow: “This was such invaluable information! It opened my eyes so much to seeing the skills I can develop to be more effective in every aspect of my life.”
This is a repeated refrain from Fellows. The program focuses on leadership in the context of the local church, but the skills and topics covered routinely transfer into other areas of the Fellows’ lives.
The first year of the Leadership Fellows program is all about finding out who they are as leaders and learning how to be more effective in relationships. This builds a strong foundation for the Fellows before moving into their second year, which is focused on specific strategies for effective ministry in the local church.
For example, while these first years were taking their deep dive into Emotional Intelligence, the second year Fellows were next door discussing Holistic Stewardship and learning how to make stewardship integral to the life of the congregation all year long. As one Fellow succinctly summarized … “It’s not just about the money … it is a lifestyle that includes every aspect of life.” How could your church be transformed if stewardship shifted from a month of fundraising to a year-round way of life for your congregation?
Interested in learning more? Read more about the Leadership Fellows program and how to apply on our webpage. You might even check out the list of past and present Fellows and reach out to a friend or colleague who has been in the program. Or, reach out to us! We would love to hear from you and to answer any questions you have. Summer is the time to apply, but now is the time to ask questions and dream big dreams for your church and community.