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Leading in Crisis Part I

“Feeling like you didn’t sign up for this, and other pastoral realities of 2020”

There are many clergy who feel as if they are operating without a playbook right now. With that in mind, the topic for the first Leading in Crisis e-panel was, “Feeling like you didn’t sign up for this, and other pastoral realities of 2020.”

The panel was moderated by GBHEM’s Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller and featured Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Annual Conference and Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual Conference.

Hagiya earned his M.A., M.Div., and D.Min from Claremont School of Theology and holds a doctorate of education from Pepperdine University. He previously served as the executive director of the Center for Leadership Excellence and is the author of “Leadership Kaizen: How To Become a Better Church Leader.”

Carter is the past president of the Council of Bishops and holds master’s degrees from Duke Divinity School and the University of Virginia and a doctor of ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of multiple books on practical ministry including his most recent, “Pray for Me: The Power of Praying for Others.”

Throughout the discussion, Carter and Hagiya addressed topics like:

  • What congregants need to see from leaders during times of crisis
  • How all clergy can support communities of color
  • Why social justice and active anti-racism must be a part of any ministry
  • How to be a non-anxious presence in an anxious world
  • The importance of rest and self-care for effective leaders

The bishops drew on personal experiences throughout the discussion, offering examples of past successes as well as previous mistakes that helped them grow. Their full discussion was recorded and is available here. For those interested in the materials used during the discussion, the complete slides are available here and Hagiya’s “ABCD’s of Crisis Leadership” is also available here as a downloadable PDF.

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions live during each “Leading in Crisis” e-panel, but if you have a query you would like to submit in advance for the upcoming panels on July 15 and August 12, you may email it to

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