Spiritual Leader Development

Spiritual Leader Development

The Baltimore-Washington Conference seeks to develop mature Jesus followers (lay and clergy) who know their purpose and use their gifts to build up the body of Christ for the transformation of the world. All Christians are called to a ministry of sharing God’s love in the world. Some have the vocation of leading the church in its work of forming disciples and equipping faith communities to live out God’s mission in the world.

We recognize the critical importance of developing new leaders to guide the church and the world through changing times. Christ-shaped, visionary, nimble and effective clergy and laypeople help United Methodists mature in their discipleship and expand their ability to share God’s love with others in relevant and active ways. The early Methodist movement grew through the efforts of laity who led small groups, taught Bible study, provided outreach ministry and led the administrative life of the church. 

Leadership Development Resources

Communicating All the Good You Can
Oct. 16, 2019 by Erik Alsgaard

The world is in need of hope, encouragement, love and joy. Explore this new Church Leader Guide to learn how United Methodist Communications can help you communicate in your community.

4 Strategies for Reversing the 80/20 Rule
Oct. 1, 2019 by Erik Alsgaard

How can a congregation move beyond having a small percentage of congregants doing the lion’s share of the work? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe outlines four simple strategies to expand the pool of participants in your church’s ministry.

"Blank Slate" notes path for church transformation
Aug. 29, 2019 by Rodney Smothers

Why does the mainline church face such difficulty in reaching young adults. In an inter-generational exploration of faith and marketing the book Blank Slate offers some insights.

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