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Leadership Talks

February 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST

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.

This month’s event features “Leadership In the Church: Spirituality, Work Ethic, and a Love of People” on Monday, February 14 at 7:00 PM with Rev. Gary Kennedy, senior pastor Willowbrook UMC. The presentation will be recorded and posted to the conference website for viewing at your convenience.

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Rev. Kennedy will be sharing insights into leadership acquired over the years. He will be drawing on one of his favorite resources on leadership called Church Administration and Finance Manual, Resources for Leading the Local Church. The resource was written by Otto F Crumroy, Jr, Stan Kukawka and Frank Witman. The trio developed the resource together after leading Simi Valley United Methodist Church in Southern California. Frank Witman was the pastor of the church and a family friend of the Kennedy family. The course and the manual were offered at Claremont School of Theology. The resource was published by Morehouse Publishing.

Leadership in the church is a matter of spirituality, work ethic and a love of people. Some of the basic truths about leadership are timeless and applicable today while other insights require modern day adaptations.

Church Administration and Finance Manual, Resources for Leading the Local Church is available for purchase by clicking on one of the links below.


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Rev. Gary Kennedy currently serves as Senior Pastor at Willowbrook United Methodist Church in Sun City, Arizona. Prior to this appointment, Gary served the Desert Southwest Annual Conference for eight years as the District Superintendent of the West District. The last two years of that appointment he served as Dean of the Cabinet.

Previous appointments included being Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, the Director of the Wesley Foundation at Arizona State University, as well as being Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Tempe. Gary served as pastor of the Community United Methodist Church, Avondale and as an Associate Pastor at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

Gary has taught courses for the Lay Servant Ministry program, The United Methodist School of Mission, as well as program called the Pastor’s Academy. He taught Methodism for Hispanic pastors while as a District Superintendent.

Gary was born in California and has been a member our Annual Conference since its inception.

The presenters and facilitators of these discussions may include recognized Desert Southwest Conference leaders, authors, and creators of the media being discussed and, as well as members of the CLLD Team. We hope you decide to try out any of the resources we have prepared for you, and join others interested in the same conversations!

Questions about this series may go to Judy Martin at stilljudymartin@gmail.com or Rev. Javier Olivares at jolivares@dscumc.org.


February 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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Judy Martin
(602) 329-9935


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