Skip Navigation

Four Areas of Focus: Developing Leaders

 
Learn more

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 congregations to live out God’s mission in the world.

The United Methodist Church recognizes the critical importance of developing new leaders to guide the church through changing times. Principled, visionary and effective ordained and lay leaders  help United Methodists grow in faith and in sharing God’s love with others.

The United Methodist Church is focusing on inviting and preparing young people, including women and people of color, to become clergy who lead the church in world-transforming ministry.

Training and sending laypeople is another focus. 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. Developing and nurturing strong lay leaders is another important component of creating a church fully engaged in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world.

Transformation Stories

View All»
Some 1,500 United Methodists and other Christians in the Wesleyan family attended the New Room Conference on Sept. 20-22 in Franklin, Tenn. The gathering aims to teach practices that can lead to Christian revival. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

New Room: Banding together for great awakening

The New Room Conference is trying to recover the Wesleyan method of band meetings. It’s just one way the event seeks to promote revival. Read More

Abbagail Henderson donated her allowance to purchase school supplies for a first-year teacher.

Giving comes naturally to Alabama third grader

Eight-year-old Abbagail Henderson was born with a heart intent on giving, as evidenced by the ways the Alabama third grader sees a needs, then finds a way to contribute. Abbagail... Read More

Joseph Robbins and Alexandria Daponte, rising seniors at Duke Divinity School, discuss reasons they feel called to attend the United Methodist school of theology.

Duke Divinity School striving for diversity

Dean says diversity and equity are top priorities for faculty and student body. Read More

Amy Scoggin, a rising third-year Master of Divinity student. She is on track to be a provisional elder in the United Methodist Florida Annual Conference.  Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Profiles of student diversity at Duke

Forty-seven denominations are represented at United Methodist Duke Divinity School. Total enrollment in all degree programs is 631. Read More

Many United Methodist Men units in the United States struggle to reach younger men. The group’s National Gathering at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis featured advice for how these groups can become fishers of millennials. Photo illustration by Lucas Allmann, Pexels

Becoming fishers of young men

United Methodist Men during their national gathering heard ideas on where to cast their nets to draw in millennial disciples. Read More

United Methodist Men join in worship during the group's 12th National Gathering, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. More than 620 men from across the United States registered for the event. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Making discipleship a ‘contact sport’

United Methodist Men at their 12th national gathering heard frequents calls to get off the bench as Christ followers. They also put that call into action. Read More