From The Home Office ...
Before you ring the bell and call everyone back into the building, consider taking a survey of all the ways you engage people in your local church. If you are like me, you have thought more about the people you miss than the ways you are going to prepare to see them.
Yes, we are eager to see some loving familiar faces, shake some hands, give some hugs and have a big happy reunion, but our government rules and regulations, and employment of WISDOM say otherwise. Here are some Guidelines for Returning to our Churches, Governor Abbott’s Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis as well as the Texas Department of State Health Services's Protocols for Churches and Places of Worship.
It is important to be intentional and as many innovation experts say, “Don’t waste a good crisis!” This is also the time to take a very good look at your church’s mission and vision.
Don’t just go back to ministry as usual. Re-launch your ministry in a fresh way. Consider leaving behind some programs and ways of being that may be tired or unhealthy for your congregation. Look at some of your effective new ways of being and remember to maintain an outward focus. This crisis has certainly made church leaders more attentive, more intentional and more outward focused. As Rev. Dr. Kevin Murriel, stated in a recent Webinar, “Many of our churches had to close for the church to open.”
You have been doing an amazing job of being the church! Thank you for your faithful witness!
Rev. Cammy Gaston, Director of the CLD
Still at the home office
The mission of the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) is to develop principled Christian leaders for the transformation of the world. Our priority is to design an ‘ecosystem’ for cultivating young leaders (35 and under) and culturally-diverse leaders who can reach the mission field. Additionally, we strive to cultivate leaders to support the objective to catalyze gatherings of new faces in new spaces in and through every local church and in targeted mission fields.
We continue to re-imagine all our ministries through the lens of reaching young leaders and diverse leaders through a system of Wesleyan Formation, Leadership Development, Vocational Discernment and Professional Development events, programs and initiatives. In collaboration with the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the CLD seeks to recruit gifted, diverse clergy; develop and sustain clergy and laity through life-long learning; and equip Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees to collaborate with their clergy for ongoing formative work towards greater effectiveness. In addition, we connect and resource Boards and Resources for churches and laity.