Four North Alabama Conference clergy selected for the first rotation of Young Pastors’ Network

August 06, 2008

Four North Alabama Conference clergy have been selected for the first rotation of the Young Pastors’ Network with Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church.  Those clergy are Mary Bendall, associate pastor of Tuscaloosa First UMC; Wade Griffith, pastor of Trinity (Tuscaloosa) UMC;  Jack Hinnen, associate pastor of Riverchase UMC; and Michael Holly, associate pastor of Canterbury UMC.

These candidates were all nominated by Bishop Will Willimon who says, “These are four of our most talented young pastoral leaders.  I recommended them to Adam Hamilton and the people at Ginghamsburg Church because I was sure that the skills that they would learn there would be wonderfully utilized here in our Conference.  This is a great boost to our Conference Priorities of ‘effective leadership and empowering a new generation of Christians.’”

The Young Pastors’ Network is designed specifically for high capacity clergy within the United Methodist Church who are under the age of 35. Network candidates must be nominated by their bishops based on each candidate’s potential and drive to serve as a future leader of a large membership church within the annual conference.

The 13-month program is designed to provide a large church “leadership development school” for young United Methodist clergy while also providing an ongoing online community featuring mentoring, networking, spiritual growth and peer sharing opportunities. Topics included are:

  • Self-leadership that precedes strategic leadership
  • Building & land issues
  • Large church leadership essentials
  • Missions & community transformation
  • Leading the multiple staff church
  • Evangelistic tactics
  • Strategic planning
  • Prophetic leadership
  • Preaching & worship
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Stewardship & capital campaigns

During the 13 months of the program, these young pastors will spend eight days together at five key events:

  • Up close coaching event with Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter on the Ginghamsburg Church campus in Tipp City, Ohio, on Thursday, October 23, 2008
  • Change the World conference on Friday & Saturday, October 24/25, 2008, also on the Ginghamsburg campus
  • A second coaching event with Adam and Mike at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
  • Leadership Institute on Thursday & Friday, October 1/2, 2009, also at Church of the Resurrection
  • Two-day retreat for relaxation and renewal for both pastors and their spouses (dates & location TBA)

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