Calling all Newly Elected Leaders and District Leadership Teams
Bishop Scott Jones and Dr. Lovett Weems will be facilitating the Leadership Training event on October 15 from 10-2:30 at First UMC Conroe. Their focus will be alignment and collaborative leadership. Anticipating a group of 300+, organizers invite elected leaders in the annual conference to work alongside District Leadership Teams and Core Leadership Team members in district groups following the keynote and workshop.
10 – 10:30 am - Gathering & Worship
10:30 - 11:00 am Keynote by Bishop Scott J. Jones
11:00 am – noon Lovett Weems Session I
12:45 - 1:45 pm Lovett Weems Session II
1:45 – 2:00 pm District discussions and share time
“We expect this to be a highly attended and beneficial event since the process for this day provides the first opportunity for Bishop Jones to present perspectives on leadership, vision and mission, hopes and dreams for the Texas Annual Conference,” says Rev. B.T. Williamson, Assistant to the Bishop. “Dr. Lovett Weems will complement the keynote address with ideas and discussion around the topic of alignment, emphasizing cooperation and coordination vs. silo and separate strategies. And he will cite theological rationales for working together as well as real life case studies on the advantages of collaboration.
Dr. Weems is a prominent author and the Wesley Seminary Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director of Wesley’s G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership. He will share ideas around the top priority of ministry being to align resources to increase the number of vital congregations, particularly in regard to attracting younger members as well as increasing diversity in congregations across the conference. According to B.T., district groups will discuss ideas and how they might execute these strategies within their unique community environments.
In addition to being the newly elected bishop of the Texas Annual Conference, Dr. Scott J. Jones is the author of 10 books including the about to be released The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement. He is a recognized authority on Wesleyan theology and the history of the Methodist Church.
If you are on a committee or DLT, please check your e-mail and RSVP by September 23. If you did not receive your e-vite, and want to RSVP, please contact Jan Ervin at firstname.lastname@example.org.