Clergy and laity will be equipped as transformational leaders in a multi-staff training event later this month. Being part of a multi-staff church certainly has its own opportunities and struggles. Sometimes pastors find themselves more in the role of boss than as pastor. This event will provide an opportunity to hone skills to be dynamic, compassionate leaders in the local church.
Paid and volunteer staff members also will be attending this training. They are an important part of the dimensions the ministries of our congregations. When we learn how to best work together, God’s ministry grows!
Bill Selby, creator of the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness of the Rockies, will lead the training. He has served a small country church, a church in a county seat community, and First United Methodist Church in Casper, Wyoming. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado—Bill’s last church assignment, in 1987—was a new church “re-start.” It was there that he integrated most fully Family Systems into his ministry as he worked to grow a church that was dealing with heavy financial debt, economic downturns, and church families under tremendous stress.
The event will be on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Iowa Conference Center in Des Moines. The training is sponsored by the Iowa Board of Ordained Ministry and the Appointive Cabinet with support from apportionment gifts from local churches throughout the state.