Blake and the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality offers these resources as a resource for others seeking tools for congregational fruitfulness and pastoral development. Many of these tools are utilized through ministry processes developed by the Center and deployed in conjunction with district and conference ministry plans. For Downloads referred to in Kay Kotan and Blake's book, IMPACT!, please click on the IMPACT! Book Page.
Downloads and Links
SIMPLIFIED STRUCTURE IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Vital and fruitful churches must be governed and led in new ways today so that Christ’s mission for us can be fulfilled! For the sake of Christ’s mission and our mission fields, many churches are discovering that there are simpler ways to provide governance and strategic direction, so that the congregation can be unleashed for ministry.
A simplified single board structure makes it possible for your church to better focus on leadership equipping, missional alignment, and your next steps in ministry. Meanwhile, removing bureaucratic redundancies allows more members to spend their time in service as disciples who make disciples. By consolidating administrative functions into a single board, disciples can focus on using their spiritual gifts and passions for ministry to contribute to the vitality of the congregation as it seeks to reach the mission field.
Planning Workbook This 30 page workbook, created by the Center for Vitality in partnership with the Cabinet, will take your team through every step of discussing and creating a new leadership structure in your church.
Pastoral Transition Resources
Visit my Pastoral Transition Resource webpage for links, handouts, and information to assist pastors, leadership teams, and Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees prepare for the season of simultaneously saying “goodbye” and “hello” to pastors in transition.
Kay Kotan and I have included a chapter on maximizing the potential opportunity for congregational impact during a pastoral transition in our book IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry.
Adapting COR Leadership Principles for the Small Church
2017 Leadership Institute at the Church of the Resurrection
September 28, 2017
Blake facilitated a gathering to assist leaders of smaller churches (Average Worship Attendance under 100) in adapting what they experienced at COR for their local church context. Links for the PowerPoint and the MentiMeter poll are downloadable.
Rightsizing for Ministry Chart (PDF, 11x17 Color)- Adapted from work by Susan Beaumont, Beth Anne Gaede and Alice Mann
BOM Leadership in the Annual Conference: Recruiting, Developing, and Credentialing the Leaders You Need
Quadrennial Training for Boards of Ordained Ministry
October 5, 2016, in Chicago
Blake led a Plenary Session of teaching and coaching at the GBHEM's Quadrennial Training for Boards of Ordained Ministry. He divided the three hour session into three parts: Purpose, Partners, and Mission Field Impact, and each section included extended times for conference BOM teams to discuss focus questions (see distributed Handout below).
Residency In Ministry Process
BOARD OF ORDAINED MINISTRY
In 2009, I created a Residency In Ministry Process on behalf of the Arkansas Conference BOM, and this process became the focus on my research in pastoral formation for my doctoral project at SMU. I have also presented my research with fellow members of the GBHEM's Advisory Group on the Provisional Residency Process.
It is clear from studies about clergy life that early patterns and attitudes become basic for a person’s self-confidence and view of his/her ministry. A new clergyperson's way of understanding her vocation as a United Methodist Minister is created during this time, and research shows that it will last during the whole of her ministry. This is the time that that clergy set habits, styles, and inclinations for a lifetime of ministry. Through the Residency Committee, clergy mentors, and residency peer groups, the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) and Center for Vitality offer provisional ministers a curriculum that supports the practice and work of their ministry as servant leaders, to contemplate the grounding of ordained ministry, and understand the covenant ministry in the life of the Arkansas Conference of the UMC.
- Recent RIM Handbook
- 2014 Perkins School of Theology Doctoral Project: "Passing the Mantle"
- Residency Peer Group Meeting Planner
- Ministry Chart "3 Streams": Education, Credentialing, Appointment
- Residency Process Training Video 1: SPRC Introduction to RIM
- Residency Process Training Video 2: SPRC RIM Evaluation Process