Four Areas of Focus: Developing Leaders
- Find out about the Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s work of developing leaders, particularly clergy.
- Think you might be called to ordained ministry?
- Find resources for lay leaders and lay servant ministries.
- United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men foster spiritual growth and provide leadership opportunities for lay women and men.
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.
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