Faithful Leadership in a Season of Crisis

October 20, 2019

During these days, United Methodist clergy need to be together, and to think deeply about how to lead “for such a time as this.”

Thursday mornings at 10:30 am
March 26
   Esther and Jehoshaphat: Biblical leaders in time of crisis
April 30
   Surrounded in Beauty: Focus and Fellowship
May 21
   The Grace of Daily Obligation: Non-anxious constancy
June 18 (at Lake Junaluska at noon)
   Merchants of Hope: Faith in Things Unseen
Meet at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte on 3 Thursdays, and then once at Lake Junaluska; twice before General Conference and twice after. Lunch will be provided!
We will read four books (which will be provided), two of which are daily reflections on leading and life with God. And together, the group will read some shorter blogs and videos to give food for thought and a springboard for conversation.

The cost is $25 and participation in each gathering is expected.  The rest of the cost will be underwritten in a partnership between the WNC Leadership Development Team and Myers Park UMC. Limited to 30 participants.

Readings and Viewings:
Peter Scazzero, Day by Day (Zondervan, 2014)
Jean Vanier, Community and Growth (Paulist, 1989)
Jonathan Sacks, Lessons in Leadership (Maggid, 2015)
James Howell, Weak Enough to Lead (Abingdon, 2017)
Sarah Howell, “The Call to Holiness”
Barbara Wheeler, “Strange Company: Why Liberals Need Conservatives,” Christian Century, Jan. 2004
Edwin Friedman, Failure of Nerve (a short summary)
Michael J. Buckley, “Because Beset By Weakness…” (short article)
Ron Heifetz, “Adaptive Leadership” (video)
Peter Scazzero, “How to Achieve Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” (video)
Brené Brown, “The Call to Courage” (Netflix video)
Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream,” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (endings of sermons)
James Howell, “The Ethiopian Eunuch and General Conference” (sermon video)
James Howell, “It is Good that We are Here after General Conference” (sermon video)
James Howell, “The Noise of Worship at General Conference” (blogpost)

The experience is now full.  If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please email Marsha Patton.

This focused conversation, peer learning, and reflection will be led by Rev. Dr. James Howell, pastor of Myers Park UMC.

Leadership Development