Leading in Ministry and Mission
Effective Ministry 360™ (EM360™) is a clergy leadership formation program that spans the entire lifecycle of calling, from discernment to retirement. It is designed to offer guidance at regular intervals and provide a means for concrete goal-setting at each phase of a ministry career. EM360 can aid not just the individual clergyperson, but whole congregations and annual conferences in setting and meeting their mission and ministry goals.
The EM360 catalog of programs is broken down into specific modules based on where participants are in their preparation for or service in licensed or ordained ministry. Current assessment modules include:
- The Candidate Module for those preparing for licensing or ordination.
- The Course of Study Module for local pastors enrolled in Transformative Leadership.
- The Clergy Excellence Module for appointed clergy at any stage of their ministry.
- The District Superintendent Module for those tasked with overseeing district ministry.
- The Eight-Year Assessment Module for those who implement and participate in the Eight-Year Assessment process
GBHEM is also developing some additional role-specific and needs-based modules and will roll those out as they become available.
Benefits of EM360
EM360 impacts the work of everyone in your annual conference. It helps clergy and those they serve to identify areas of effectiveness in ministry and offers guidance in establishing a plan to ensure that mission goals are met. Bishops, district superintendents and boards of ordained ministry receive a comprehensive view of the annual conference’s effectiveness in ministry within a specific area or across the entire annual conference. EM360 keeps everyone in tune with what the ministry goals are and how to best accomplish those goals.
An online program, EM360 provides users with easily accessible resources to measure effectiveness, highlight strengths, and identify unique opportunities for growth. Supported and powered by GBHEM, EM360 can help you move your ministry forward as you work with colleagues and church members to meet the specific needs of your ministry setting.
For more than 10 years, GBHEM has engaged in research to identify the components of effective ministry. Through this research and field testing, GBHEM has developed a tool to help churches identify and recognize pastoral and ministry effectiveness. The 360-degree survey is a vital part of the planning and goal-setting process for candidates, clergy, congregations, district superintendent, dCOMs, BOMs, annual conference staff and bishops.
Process for EM360 Clergy Excellence Module
Through job analyses, focus groups and surveys, GBHEM identified dimensions of effective ministry and personal attributes in the areas of abilities, personal characteristics, knowledge and skills that contribute to equipping clergy for effectiveness in ministry.
All participants — clergy, staff/pastor-parish relations committee members, district superintendents, and the clergyperson’s peer group — respond to questions about the clergyperson’s work and the attributes that person exhibits. The clergyperson receives a report that highlights scores from each respondent group. The clergyperson and those they serve then work through a guide to help interpret the report and develop a ministry plan for future work, establishing steps to meet their ministry goals. The district superintendent and bishop have access to a dashboard that shows results from all participating clergy in the district or conference.
Results from the EM360 process are saved and accessible into the future by candidates and clergy who participate in this process. This makes the information readily available for noting trends and developing long-term ministry service goals.
To help you, your ministry setting, or annual conference explore effectiveness and ministry goals, contact EM360@gbhem.org.