The Bishop's Initiative on Clergy Effectiveness began its work in August 2013 at the direction of Bishop Michael McKee and was composed of a diverse group of laity and clergy from the North Texas Conference, several members of the Board of Ordained Ministry, one District Superintendent and the Director of the Center for Leadership Development. The group was charged with identifying characteristics of effective pastoral leadership, studying current evaluation tools and making recommendations for the future. At the completion of this work, group made recommendations in three areas:
- Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training - Training to support and resource local churches to partner with their pastors in reaching effectiveness. A Timeline for Effectiveness was established.
- Formative Process - A process to help clergy continually form and grow in effectiveness. This process is based on the Marks of Fruitfulness, utilized by the S/PPRC and available to the Cabinet. The S/PPRC is charged with helping the pastor to identify areas for formative work and seeks to meet at least quarterly using the Marks of Fruitfulness as a guide for conversation. The S/PPRC will help to set formative goals for the pastor and celebrate successes.
- Summative Tool - A process to "sum up" a pastor's effectiveness at year end
The Year End Review Form and the Marks of Fruitfulness (due December 15th of each year) will be utilized by the Cabinet to identify areas of strength and areas of growth for clergy as the appointment process unfolds each Winter/Spring.
For more information please see Clergy Effectiveness: Identifying and Sustaining Effective Clergy Leadership in the North Texas Conference adopted by the Annual Conference in June, 2014.