On February 24, 2021, the Center for Leadership Excellence hosted a virtual workshop with Donna Claycomb Sokol. The event was recorded. If you are interested in watching the recording of this event, you can purchase access here. Or, to view other past events, visit our Archive of Center for Leadership Excellence Events.
About the Workshop:
William Sloane Coffin once wrote, “Most church boats don’t like to be rocked; they prefer to lie at anchor rather than go places in stormy seas.” And yet, the church, along with so many other institutions, has been rocked mightily by the Covid-19 pandemic. Buildings were vacated. Many congregations quickly went live for the first time. Several ministries were suspended while new ways of connecting and growing in faith emerged. During it all, discoveries have been made about what ministries matter most, what efforts are producing fruit, and what is no longer needed.
How might we faithfully discern how to cultivate the ministries that are bearing fruit while letting go of ministries that are no longer needed or making a difference? What would an effective ministry evaluation plan entail for your congregation?
About Donna Claycomb Sokol:
Donna Claycomb Sokol is the pastor of Mount Vernon Place UMC in downtown Washington, DC. Since Donna’s appointment to the congregation in July of 2005, the congregation has transitioned from an elderly congregation in decline to a growing congregation composed of many young adults who are making a vital difference in the heart of the nation’s capital. Donna earned her undergraduate degree in economics from William Woods University, her Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. Prior to responding to her call to ministry, Donna served as a White House intern and then spent three years on Capitol Hill, serving on the staffs of a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. Her other church appointments include Minister of Congregational Care at First UMC in Hendersonville, NC, and as the Director of Admissions at Duke Divinity School. Donna is the co-author of A New Day in the City (Abingdon, 2017). She serves as a member of the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors and regularly speaks about leading change and congregational renewal.