Clergywomen Leadership Seminar Sponsored by GBHEM
Registration is now open for the United Methodist Clergywomen Leadership Seminar, an event that offers a chance for theological reflection on women’s leadership and for the cultivation of women’s leadership skills.
The May 5-7 event, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, is open to all UMC clergywomen—elders, deacons, local pastors, and chaplains—and provides the opportunity for networking among clergywomen and women leaders of the church throughout the connection.
The seminar will be held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The theme of the event is “Where Grace Meets Power—Standing for Each Other’s Greatness.”
“Strong leadership makes a difference in any organization, not to mention the church,” said the Rev. Dr. HiRho Park, GBHEM’s director of Clergy Lifelong Learning. “I believe that leadership is not something that we were born with, but that we can learn.”
Park and the Rev. Dr. Susan Willhauck are to provide leadership for the event with Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher, the Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, Dr. Traci West, Dr. Hee An Choi, consultants from the Faith and Money Inc., and clergywomen life coaches.
GBHEM has been developing leadership skills of lead women pastors who serve large membership churches through the Lead Women Pastors Project. Since 2008, the number of lead women pastors serving churches with 1,000 members or more has increased from 64 to 137 in 2013.
The Lead Women Pastors Project officially ended in 2011; however, recommendations were made to the church for the benefit of nurturing women’s leadership. GBHEM intends this seminar to address one of those recommendations by providing a clergywomen’s gathering around leadership development.
Park said the event is needed and timely, since about one in four UMC clergy are women. “What are the ways that the church and GBHEM may support clergywomen’s efforts to fulfill their call as ecclesial leaders? How can clergywomen advance together in their leadership as racially and culturally diverse people? And how do clergywomen meet power and navigate politics of the church with grace?” asked Park.
Seminar speakers and panel discussions will seek to answer these questions at the May event.
Clergywomen essayists featured in the e-book Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Pastoring Large Churches, published by GBHEM in 2013, are scheduled to participate in a panel discussion. Advocacy, empowerment, and helping the church be sensitive about grassroots clergywomen’s leadership are key components to the seminar.
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*Burdakin is editorial and production assistant, Office of Interpretation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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