Conference Committee

Clergy & Lay Leadership Development

Ministries of Faith in Action

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The charge of this committee is to identify, develop, deploy, evaluate, and monitor Christian spiritual leadership for the Desert Southwest Conference committees and at the local church.

This committee fulfills that task by exploring various perspectives, including resources that look at leadership from more than one cultural lens. 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.

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Impossible or Possible?

Impossible or Possible?

Does it feel like you need to take a breather, since 75% of the year is gone? Or do you see the "end of the tunnel" and you can't wait to get this done, to pick up a new project from God? Even though the year is almost over, the effort continues with forwarding...


Judy Martin

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Rev. Javier Olivares

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Clergy Lay & Leadership Archives

Team Members

Alberta Farnsworth

Trinity Donovan

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Kari Cozine Butchko

Deborah Williams

Jeannie Ward

Joyce Trevolt

John Huie

Susan Bowers

Paul Browning

Galene Boyett

Court Fischer

Jonathan Hall

Sarah Stamer

Kimulet Winzer

Michael Edwards

Ken Zebal

Carl Peterson

Khalif Smith

Kristen Hansen

David James

Cheryl Reed


Leading Local Church Committees

Presentation Materials

LEAD Speakers

Speakers within the UMC on various topics

Leadership Perspectives Webinar: Latino Leadership with Juana Bordas

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Recommended Internet Searches

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Meeting Minutes Archive

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Committee Listing

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Membership to Discipleship

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Membership to Discipleship

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Book Recommendations

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Teaching Youth - Resource Books

  1. “Teaching Outside the Box” by Andrew Zirschky (2022 UMW reading program)
  2. “Cinderella Liberator” by Rebecca Solnit (2021 UMW reading program)

Women in Leadership

  1. “Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World” – Alyse Nelson (2020 UMW reading program)

Your Life's Purpose

  1. “Which Way Lord?” – Rob Fuquay (2020 UMW reading program)

Culturally Diverse

  1. “#Not Your Princess: Voices of Native American Women” – Mary Beth Leatherdale (2021 UMW reading program)
  2. “The Power of Latino Leadership” – Juana Bordas


  1. “Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, May Angelou” – Bethany Hegedus (2021 UMW reading program)

Self-Help and Health

  1. “Stopping – How to be Still When You Have to Keep Going” – Dr. David Kundtz


  1. “Jesus on Leadership” – C. Gene Wilkes
  2. “The Power of Latino Leadership” – Juana Bordas (*Leadership Talk, Sept. 13, 2021 – Presenters: REv. Antonieta Fernandes & Rev. Efraim Zavala
  3. “Salsa, Soul and Spirit – Leadership for a Multicultural Age” – Juana Bordas
  4. “Jesus, CEO” – Lauri Beth Jones
  5. “Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety” – Jack Shitama (*Leadership Talk, Nov. 8, 2021 – Presenter: Jack Shitama)
  6. “From Members to Disciples: Leadership Lessons from The Book of Acts” – Michael W. Foss (*Leadership Talk, August 9, 2021 – Presenter: Rev. Galene Boyett)
  7. “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” – John O’Leary
  8. “HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership” – Harvard Business Review
  9. “Church Administration and Finance Manual, Resources for Leading the Local Church” – Otto F. Crumroy, Jr., Stan Kukawka and Frank Witman (*Leadership Talk, Feb. 14, 2022 – Presenter: Rev. Gary Kennedy)
  10. “How We Lead Matters” – Marilyn Carolyn Carson (*Leadership Talk, March 14, 2022 – Presenter: Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank) 
  11. “Spiritual Kaizen: How to Become a Better Church Leader” – Bishop Grant J. Hagiya (*Leadership Talk, May 2, 2022 – Presenter: Bishop Grant J. Hagiya)
  12. Books by Jack Welch:
    1. “4 E’s of Leadership”**
    2. “29 Leadership Secrets”**
    3. “Jack Welch and Leadership”**
  13. Books by Steven Covey:
    1. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”**
    2. “First Things First”**
    3. “Trust and Inspire”**
  14. “The 5 Levels of Leadership”** – John Maxwell
  15. “How to Win Friends and Influence People”** – Dale Carnegie 
  16. “A Theory of Human Motivation”** – Abraham Maslow
  17. “Motivation to Work” – Frederick Herzberg
  18. “Leadership and Motivation” – Douglas McGregor
  19. “Theory Z”** – William Ouchi
  20. “Motivation Theory – Scientific Management”** – John Taylor