Are You in “Pursuit” of Great Leadership Insight?

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Clergy and laity across the Conference will have the opportunity to learn and interact with best-selling author, coach and consultant Mike Bonem at a March 7 event hosted by the Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI) at First UMC, Lufkin.
Good news! Congregational effectiveness is the lifelong passion of author/consultant Mike Bonem, and he is eager to share and discuss leadership lessons with all who attend a special — and free—event hosted by the Texas Annual Conference Center for Congregational Excellence. This session will offer 5 hours of Continuing Education Units for clergy as well as an opportunities for all attendees to learn from each other.
With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Mike is perhaps best known for his book Leading from the Second Chair, which he followed up with, In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership. “If you are interested in more effective church leadership, then this is a don’t miss event,” shares Rev. Mike Tyson, Director of VCI. “Our guest speaker has spoken across the country and internationally on topics related to ministry leadership and congregational effectiveness. Mike Bonem will share from a breadth of leadership experience in ministry and business, including 11 years as an executive pastor, a consultant with McKinsey and Company where he worked with Fortune 100 companies, and from experience leading a start-up business.”
Over his ministry career the author has developed some central convictions that are at the core of his ministry and his latest book, In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership. He lists these in the preface of his book: ?


  • The Bible provides the core foundation, but not all the answers on how to be an effective leader.
  • Secular leadership principles are not inherently evil or contrary to Scripture.
  • Unwillingness to use solid business principles can limit a church’s potential.
  • Overreliance on business principles can also limit a church’s potential.
  • We have a tremendous stewardship responsibility and leadership opportunity.
  • The space in which we lead offers few easy answers.
The event, is free and will be hosted at First UMC, Lufkin. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with comments from Mike Bonem and include free lunch, a Q & A session, and a panel discussion about church leadership and revitalization in the afternoon, ending by 3 pm. This event will also serve as the relaunch for the critical peer mentoring facet of VCI for pastors of congregations that are engaging this revitalization process.
Register Now!
This event is open to all who would like to attend, but reservations are necessary to guarantee lunch for everyone. If you want to become a more effective leader don’t miss this event. To register email and let us know you will be coming. More information on the speaker is available at