The Center for Leadership Excellence has been working on new and additional ways to equip leaders in 2019. In addition to our line-up of skill-building, practical webinars and Days of Learning, we have launched several new programs and initiatives. We’d love for you to know what we’ve been up to. Learn more about these new initiatives below…
In collaboration with the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW), we started a new mentoring program for women clergy in the NC Conference, running from October 2019 through July 2020. The program began with a retreat at The Trinity Center, after which participants were paired for year-long mentoring relationships. Learn more.
In another partnership with COSROW, we started a monthly communication aimed at encouraging women in ministry and offering suggestions for how women can support one another. An archive of past Encouragements, along with a link to subscribe, is available on our website.
In November, forty people from five rural churches in the Harbor district began their journey through Impact: A Rural Church Development Program. Funded by the Duke Endowment, Impact consists of nine sessions, supported by coaching, and will continue through March 2021. Learn more.
Following our second annual Preaching WELL, and in response to requests for more collaborative sermon planning opportunities, we hosted three Preaching WELL “Pop Up” events in 2019. Pastors gathered in coffee shops or online to dig deeper into themes generated at the last Preaching WELL. Mark your calendars for Preaching WELL in 2020 and stay tuned for more ways to live into preaching excellence with colleagues.
Envisioned by the Strengthening the Black Church Committee, Renew and Connect is a set of creative and energetic retreats, cultivating new, yet sustainable, ministry approaches. The Center hosted the first two retreats this past fall, with the final two scheduled in the spring. Learn more.