Sponsored by Clergy and Lay Leadership Development
Do you enjoy having opportunities to grow as a leader and to learn from other leaders? Do you find it enriching to share leadership ideas, concepts, and inspiration with others?
Opportunities are available to anyone in the Desert Southwest Conference interested in learning through a focused discussion of mixed media leadership resources, such as books, videos, podcasts, webinars, etc. Leadership is explored from various perspectives, including resources that look at leadership from more than one cultural lens.
A number of 1 1/2-hour, virtual evening conversations are offered this year.
On September 12, 2022, Compassionate Leadership will be presented by Rev. George Cushman and is based on comments by Albert Outler (Evangelism in the Wesleyan Spirit) and, also, the scripture Luke 6:36 NEB. The book is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Evangelism-Wesleyan-spirit-Albert-Outler/dp/B0006C5RDM/
The reasons he chose this topic were twofold:
In Luke 6:36 Jesus tells us to, “ Be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate” (NEB).
The second reason was a thought by Albert Outler in his book, Evangelism in the Wesleyan Spirit. Outler stated that if John Wesley had died before his thirty-sixth birthday his name would not have rated a footnote in history (16). Yet, just ten years later, Wesley becomes the head of the most effective mass movement in eighteenth century England. The question is, “What happened or what changed to make this possible?” Outler says it was, “Wesley’s conversion from passion to compassion as his dominant emotion, his change from a harsh zealot of God’s judgment to a winsome witness to God’s grace, from a censorious critic to an effective pastor, from arrogance to humility.”
What is it about God’s compassionate responses to creation that Jesus tells us to practice it in our relationships? And what enabled compassion to transform Wesley’s leadership and ministry into this movement we now call The United Methodist Church?