Tag Archives : effective


12 Key Leadership Traits of Effective United Methodist Pastors

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the BOM Mid Quad Training Event in Denver. Bishop Hagiya of The Pacific Northwest Conference who shared his dissertation research results around the question: “What traits, qualities, or characteristics, if any, do highly effective and successful United Methodist Church ministers exhibit specifically in regard to growth of their churches when compared to less effective […]


Excellence in Ministry #umbom14 – Reflections from Day 2

Yesterday was Day 2 of the BOM Mid Quad Training Event in Denver. The morning was a back and forth between presentation from Bishop Hagiya of The Pacific Northwest Conference and conversation in response at our tables with others from our annual conference. In the afternoon we self-selected into affinity groups for conversation and the evening brought jurisdiction meetings. […]


What to Do with Ineffective United Methodist Clergy

I recognize there is debate about how to determine what makes a clergy person effective. Whatever criteria is used, when a clergy person is determined to be ineffective she or he should find another job before the end of the appointive year. This doesn’t mean being kicked out of the church or Christian community. It […]


Top 13 Characteristics of Effective Clergy

Some of the hoopla around guaranteed appointments is around the question – How do you determine what makes for an effective clergy person? That’s easy. Straight from paragraph 340 of the Book of Discipline, an effective clergy person will… love God and love their neighbor. preach, teach, lead worship and engage people in witness. provide […]


Rethink Rock vs. Ukrainian Army Ad

I was watching the Al Jazeera Listening Post – Video this week and saw the following as their web video of the week: I laughed to myself and thought, “What kind of videos are people making these days?” Then I remembered a clip that I first saw at annual conference: Is one more effective than […]


Bishop Jones Said… (2 of 4)

This quote from Bishop Jones came at the Kansas East Residency Retreat in response to a question about what characterizes an effective clergy person. Effective clergy lead congregations to increasing missional effectiveness. I really appreciated this answer. I believe it is the right answer for the renewal of the denomination and for encouraging pastors in […]


Speedlinking – January 2, 2009

Effective Churches – a good start from William Willimon I appreciate the perspective at micromanaging vs paying attention at Do the Details A great story of resurrection from one who was deeply involved at The Church That Was Born Again. Good advice and modeling on goal setting in different arenas – Get back in the box – […]


Speedlinking – November 27, 2008

Chuch Marketing Lab: Annual Reports and Quarterly Newsletters – Great design is good everywhere. Great pictures and thoughts from our staff retreat at Who says Executive Staff aren’t any fun? Setting the Tone for Effective Meetings has something that all meeting leaders could learn from, myself included. A reminder which I needed to hear at […]