Tool for Church Health: Area Teams


“The main thing L3 groups do — they are a means of grace for experiencing our connection as United Methodist ministers,” Rev. Dr. Bill Morgan said as he presented Area Teams for Clergy as another Tool for Church Health.

During the presentation he shared how the South Central District had initiated a pilot of four L3 (Loving, Learning, Leading) groups which involved 28 pastors. These groups, called Area Teams, of four to ten pastors met together at least once a month using the loving, learning, leading formula.

Morgan said, “L3 groups are ‘get to’ ways to give and receive encouragement for our personal lives and our professional lives. They are great chances for by-products of strengthening our churches and our churches touch and ministry in the community.”

He also highlighted how these groups can help pastors navigate through common roadblocks in ministry such as isolation, loneliness and a sense of competition saying, “L3 groups are means of grace to overcome that sense of isolation and competition with encouragement and collaboration.”

Watch the entire presentation below:

The 2017 North Alabama Conference emphasis was on Church Health – one of the four Conference priorities. Throughout the day on Monday of Annual Conference, Executive Director of Healthy Congregations Rev. Bob Alford was joined by local church leaders to highlight different tools available to help congregations grow healthier. For more information about church health resources contact the Healthy Congregations office at 205-226-7948 or email or

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