Clergy invited to "Sharpen the Saw"

There are several upcoming opportunities for clergy to “Sharpen the Saw”—the seventh of Stephen Covey’s habits of highly effective people.  The deadlines for applying for the four opportunities are all in April, according to Executive Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence Rev. David Dodge.

The Reynolds Program for Church Leadership:  Application deadline is April 13
The Reynolds Program for Church Leadership is available to those who are the “pastor in charge” and are either elders or local pastors who have completed the Course of Study, according to Dodge.  The Royce and Jane Reynolds Program provides:

  • a comprehensive feedback process to assess leadership strengths and needs
  • support from peers and a personal executive coach
  • renewed understanding of the mission of the church and the specific needs of your congregation
  • development of a vision and planning process for your congregation
  • enhanced capacity for navigating change and orchestrating conflict
  • time for reflection and renewal.

The brochure can be found at and the application at

The Institute of Preaching:  Application deadline is April 27
The Institute of Preaching is available to elders and licensed local pastors who have completed the Course of Study.  For more than 20 years now, the Florida Institute of Preaching has helped pastors in the Florida Annual Conference develop their capacity to share the Gospel. Working together with Duke Divinity School, the Institute brings together a small group of pastors each year to help them nurture and develop their gift of preaching.  The application and brochure are available at

The Marcy Preaching Fellowship
The Marcy Preaching Fellowship is a cooperative effort between the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Its purpose is to help good preachers become excellent preachers.  The participants are led in a one-week intensive program of instruction, reflection, practice and evaluation on the topic of proclaiming God’s word through preaching.  The cost to participants is limited to travel to and from Atlanta.

Application and deadline information for the Marcy Preaching Fellowship can be obtained from Rev. Bob Winstead at Candler School of Theology.  His e-mail is .

The Courage to Lead Program:  Application deadline is April 16
The Courage to Lead program is open to deacons and elders and licensed local pastors who have completed the Course of Study, according to Dodge.   Courage to Lead has been carefully designed to invite clergy and leaders to move beyond the “what” and “how” questions of leadership to the “who” questions.  It is rooted in the belief that effective service and leadership flow from the identity and integrity of the person, and focuses on how we listen to ourselves, and to each other, in communal spaces that invite the voice of the soul to be heard.

Information and the application are available at the Center for Clergy Excellence’s web page


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