Conference Leaders Participate in Leadership Summit
Leaders from the Florida Conference joined with thousands of other United Methodists around the world on April 6 to participate in a Leadership Summit webcast. The Summit focused on the results of the Call to Action Project, which conducted an assessment of the United Methodist Church in order to boost its vitality.
The webcast, viewed at about 1,000 sites worldwide, was intended to begin discussions about the recommendations of the project.
At Bishop Timothy Whitaker’s invitation, about 35 clergy and lay leaders gathered at the Conference Center in Lakeland to view the webcast and participate in small group discussions about what changes must be made to reinvigorate the congregations of the United Methodist Church.
|About 35 clergy and lay leaders in the Florida Conference watched a Leadership Summit webcast on April 6 at the Conference Center in Lakeland. Photo by Gretchen Hastings.|
- Reforming clergy leadership development, deployment and evaluation;
- Collecting and reviewing statistical data that measures progress in key performance areas;
- Reforming the Council of Bishops, with the active bishops assuming responsibility for improving attendance, professions of faith, baptism and other measures, and establishing a culture of accountability.
- Consolidating program and administrative agencies, aligning their work with the priorities of the church and reconstituting them with “much smaller competency-based boards of directors.”
- “How are we making this transition to a holy conference model? Right now I mainly see a business model.”
- “I like accountability & metrics for effectiveness. But where does the ‘transformation of the world’ get measured?”
- “Wow that was a lot of talking. Are we better now?”