2020 Clergy Assessments Have Been Released
The initial focus of this assessment regards the clergy’s leadership during the current pandemic. We know that during this unprecedented time, clergy have had to adapt to a new reality. They are preparing for online or on-the-phone worship, conducting virtual meetings and Bible studies, offering pastoral care in new ways, and providing safe missional opportunities to care for the needs of the community. In such a time as this, measuring progress and assessing growth can be challenging. Some clergy may doubt their effectiveness. More than ever, pastors need to hear about their strengths as well as their areas for growth as they lead the congregation forward in new ways. Please take the time to give them honest feedback and encouraging support.
Remember, it’s the S/PPRC’s role to help our clergy be the best that they can be in leading the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of lives, communities, and the world.
Assessments are to be completed by October 31, 2020.
To access the Instructions for the Assessments, please click here.
To access the Assessments that need to be completed, please click here.
As you begin this assessment process, we invite you to watch Bishop Leeland’s latest message to the Conference:
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.