About Us: Congregational Vitality

Janet Earls has been serving the Florida Conference’s Office of Congregational Vitality as the Vitality Specialist since June 1, 2013.

According to Bishop Carter, “Janet Earls has a deep spiritual commitment to lead others in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She was a key leader in the growth of one of our larger churches in Florida, one of our denomination’s most vital churches, where she was a member, at the same time, she has worked as a coach alongside some of our most distressed congregations. As a lay person, she will bring additional diversity to our conference leadership team through her experiences in corporate and congregational life".

Earls worked close to six years in the East Central District as a contracted church coach as well as volunteering in district leadership roles. Janet was the past chair of the EC District Center for Congregational Excellence; and for five years, she built a track record of success in guiding churches in crisis and coaching church leadership or transition teams through a vision process. Prior to working with churches, she has more than 10 years of experience coaching, training, facilitating and mentoring high performance teams in other secular industries.

Janet is a professional coach certified by Spiritual Leadership, Inc., graduate of Coach U, Kolbe Consultant – Copper Level, member of the Association for Talent Development and area Suncoast Chapter. Janet was a member of the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and was a Lay Delegate to the 2012 General Conference and now a delegate for the 2016 General Conference. She is a member of First UMC Lakeland. Janet has been married to Lee for 34 year and has two adult children; Son, Ryan, married to Caroline living in Gainesville, and daughter, Jenna, living in Atlanta, Georgia.

You may contact Janet by e-mail at jearls@flumc.org or by phone at (800) 282-8011, ext. 109.

Rev. Dan Jackson has been Director of New Church Development since 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the executive pastor of New Covenant UMC, one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. Prior to that, he was the senior pastor of five churches in a variety of settings in the West Ohio Conference, leading one merger and the development of a multi-site, multi-cultural ministry. Dan transferred into the Florida Annual Conference in 2008.

While serving at New Covenant, Jackson was part of developing a transitional housing ministry, a jail ministry, programs in leadership and spiritual development, fundraising for a $5.5 million facility expansion and planning for a second campus. He served the North Central district as chair of the Committee on Ministry and as a member of the District Leadership and Nominating Teams. Since becoming Director of New Church Development he has instituted a New Church Start Academy, overseen the restructuring of NCD’s financial assets and developed a strategic plan for ministry expansions in the conference.

Dan and his wife Patti have five children and live in Lakeland. Four of their children and all five grandchildren live in Ohio. He enjoys reading biographies, bicycling and camping.

You may contact Dan by e-mail at djackson@flumc.org or by phone at (800) 282-8011, ext. 147.

My employment with the Florida Annual Conference began in 2003 where I was the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Conference Treasurer. I left that position in 2004 to be a stay-at-home-mom to my daughter. I returned to the Florida Conference in March of 2014 in my current role of Administrative Assistant to Janet Earls, Congregational Vitality Specialist and Reverend Dan Jackson, Director of New Church Development, both in The Office of Congregational Vitality. I enjoy serving people and my position in Congregational Vitality allows me the opportunity to work with various aspects of the church. Some of the responsibilities I enjoy include providing administrative support for the following: Kolbe Assessments (a self-assessment index that measures how you naturally do things), the Florida Conference and District Congregational Vitality Committees, and MissionInsite (a map based data analytics tool used by both Conference and church staff). I also enjoy serving in areas of support and hospitality for the Generative Church Leader Academy (formerly known as New Church Start Academy).

When I am not working, I enjoy reading, Pilates, dining out, attending movies and concerts and generally spending as much time as I can with my family.

You may contact Marcy by e-mail at mbishop@flumc.org or by phone at (800) 282-8011, ext. 142.

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