Organizational Leadership

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending information resources for all bishops.  Organizational Leadership focuses on specific resources related to essential leadership skills: 

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Developing Leadership Skills

Would you hire a job candidate with an unconventional background?

A challenge for most religious institutions is that our processes for filling leadership roles privilege those who were formed in our institutions -- not those outside, unlikely candidates more likely to lead transformative change -- writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.



See All The People: Developing an Intentional Discipleship Program

The United Methodist Church recently offered this comprehensive guide online in the spirit of offering a call to intentional discipleship, with the desire to help bring clarity to the mission of the church, to offer healthy principles for intentional discipleship, and to inspire a passion for making disciples across the denomination.  As the introduction says: “Our focus must move away from “fixing” churches, toward making and growing disciples!”

5 Books for Finding Inspiration

Idealist Careers, a publication of, offers passionate and driven social-impact professionals and job seekers the largest online collection of high-quality, inspiring, and useful social-impact content. From the Idealist Careers blog, here is a list of five books to inspire you as you’re looking to dive deeper into your social-impact work in the new year.  Each book offers suggestions—useful for nonprofit veterans and newbies alike—on how to be more engaged and creative we push ourselves to grow and evolve in our work.

Bishop Mariann Budde: The Early Seasons of Ministry

The beginning of a new season in ministry is a unique moment in the life of a congregation. There is so much to learn and to do, so many tasks and responsibilities that are part of the congregation’s life.  Honestly, it’s hard to know where to begin. Not everything that needs to be addressed can be addressed at once. What is most important in this initial season life together?  What comes first?

What's Your Institutional IQ?

The greatest challenge our institutions face is not at the top but in the middle: the alarmingly thin pipeline of younger leaders who are motivated to pursue the breadth and depth necessary to move into senior roles in established organizations. How do you maintain creativity and energy when your job comes with inescapable constraints and sometimes deals with relatively mundane functions—along with a nagging sense, at least some days, that you're ultimately rewarded more for preserving an institution than for serving its underlying mission?

Missionaries and Visionaries

God bless the missionaries in our congregations. They are the do-ers. At most churches, almost everyone jumps in for some mission service, but sometimes our missionaries get spread very thin. This can lead to burn-out in the core group, who may become resentful that others don’t share in the work. That’s when visionaries can inspire renewal. This article is from ECFVP’s November issue on Vision and Planning.  It examines what vision really is, and its power.

Name Your Mission, Develop Strategies, and then Measure Impact

The question, “What is your mission?” sends waves of panic through many Christian congregations and other institutions. Why? Do we not know what to do? Are we so confused by the rapid pace of change that even our basic purpose feels unsettled? Ultimately, however, clarifying mission is just the first step. Leaders must then align strategies with the desired impact, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

What Difference Do You Want to Make?

Imagine the conversation about priorities beginning with a discussion about the difference you feel called to make in your community and in the world. What you and your colleagues in ministry envision then becomes the guidepost against which you weigh all possible priorities: Would adopting this priority move us closer to the vision we have discerned?

Leadership for Giving

The single common theme in all studies of leadership is the presence of a powerful common shared vision.  A vision is a picture of a preferred future to which we believe God is calling us.  How does vision relate to giving?  Simply put, it is everything.  A vision is all we have to offer people when we seek giving in the church.The single common theme in all studies of leadership is the presence of a powerful common shared vision.  A vision is a picture of a preferred future to which we believe God is calling us.  How does vision relate to giving?  Simply put, it is everything.  A vision is all we have to offer people when we seek giving in the church.

Low Budget Leadership Development

How do you develop leaders in your organization with no funding?  Taken from a series on leadership development, this Faith & Leadership article offers ten suggestions for building leaders on a shoestring budget.

6 Ways to Jumpstart Leadership Formation

Pastor Mike Slaughter says one of the key factors determining the effectiveness of a congregation is the presence of principled leaders who demonstrate a vital personal faith. And, he says, “If you look across your congregation and can’t identify a core group of principled Christian leaders, then you better start growing them!” Slaughter provides six practical ideas for jumpstarting leadership formation in your church.

Staying Put: A Look at the First Ten Years of Ministry

Important dynamics are at work in a pastor’s tenure at one church. A particular pattern marks the pastor’s first 10 years in one parish. The pattern is shaped by several elements. First, the dynamics of the corporate relationship inform how a pastor is called or appointed to a church, begins his or her ministry there, and moves into the role of pastoral leadership. Second, the pastor’s unique relationship with a congregation manifests itself in a predictable ministerial life cycle. The existence of such a cycle suggests that a pastor’s experience in the parish can be anticipated and managed.


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