Wanted: Advancing Pastoral Leaders

Date Posted: 4/11/2013

If you are a Texas Conference elder with potentially 30 years of remaining service to the church, you can apply to the Advancing Pastoral Leadership Program. Read what former and current participants think about this 5-year leadership development program customized for young clergy.

Discipleship + Leadership = Purpose. Through the Advancing Pastoral Leadership program, United Methodist clergy have a unique opportunity to be guided in an intentional, long-term process of leadership formation with mentors, an executive coach and a variety of experiences designed to foster courageous leadership.


Former and current participants in the TAC Advancing Pastoral Leadership training program are quick to tell others they have gained more understanding, new attitudes and boldness as a result of this in-depth training experience. Others appreciate the opportunity to discover their strengths for leadership, and all clergy seemingly enjoy the nuances of new and deeper relationships.


Fourth-year candidates plan their own field trips, for example, and recently returned from a trip to New York to visit Church of the Redeemer, Hope for New York local mission and Faith & Works Art Ministry. “I am glad that my first excursion to the Big Apple was filled with interesting conversations with people I admire and appreciate,” shares Janice Virtue. “It was wonderful to have Diane McGehee along. The TAC just keeps getting better!”


(Since the APL program is referred to as “Apple” the “APL core” had to stop by the Apple Store for this photo -- which features Ricky Georgetown, Justin Coleman, Ben Trammell, Tommy Williams and Matt Stone.)

 The 2013 Class of Advancing Pastoral Leadership is accepting applications through May 15. Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person interview in June and officially notified by July 15. Participants can benefit from the program at a substantially reduced cost, thanks to the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The fall schedule includes quarterly retreats over the first two years and eight in-depth sessions including Understanding Yourself as a Leader, Leading Strategically, the Art of Communication, Growing a Culture of Generosity and Ministry in the Public Square. Participants will have the opportunity to assess and improve their skills for preaching and engagement and develop a clear plan for ongoing learning and growth.


For more information, contact program assistant Jenna Arnold at 713-521-9383 or jarnold@txcumc.org.