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Interim Ministry

Resources for the interim minister, including papers, articles and stories.More

Supervision in Ministry

To speak of supervision in the church is to invite confusion, because it is a word loaded with baggage. Read more (PDF)

The World is our Vineyard

Clergy Discipline and Accountability

In a vineyard, one experiences life in all of its fullness. To abide in Jesus is to remain connected. (Reproduced with permission by The Intentional Growth Center) 
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A District Superintendent's First Year

The effort was addressed at identifying the competencies needed as individuals take on the role of District Superintendent, how well prepared they are, and where additional skills are needed to fulfill the new role. A 15-page PDF is available for your perusal (86KB)(Reproduced with permission by The Lewis Center and Lovett H. Weems, Jr.).

The Soul of Pastoral Supervision

In the “The Soul of Pastoral Supervision”, Kenneth Pohly addresses an audience about issues related to spiritual identity, defining intersections between what we think we believe, what we say we believe, and what we show we believe. According to Pohly, this requires that life and ministry be grounded in something other than a system of beliefs. (Reproduced with permission by the Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation: United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH) More (PDF)

The Distinctiveness of Ministry Supervision

J. G. Zimmerman once said, “All our distinctions are accidental.” On first thought, if that were true it would seem that any claim about the supervision of ministry being distinctive might be unimportant. That is, it might be interesting to identify and describe that distinctiveness whenever it occurs; but if it is not predictable its usefulness for the practice of supervision would seem to be limited. More (PDF)

The Journey from Readiness to Effectiveness

A research project conducted in cooperation with the Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, and Annual Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to Saint Paul School of Theology for its Program to Improve the Quality of Congregational Pastoral Leadership. This survey and report were done collaboratively with the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. More (PDF)