Leadership Talk Recordings

Each month the Clergy & Lay Leadership Development offers a 1 1/2-hour, virtual evening conversations to provide opportunities to grow as a leader and to learn from other leaders. These Leadership Talks are recorded and available for you to watch at your convenience. Each month a new presentation will be added to for viewing

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

Care of Self, Care of Soul

This month’s leadership talk is led by Pastor Lynn Bartlow, lead pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson.

Rev. Bartlow leads us in the ever–needed reminder that we can’t care for others if we don’t first care for ourselves. We will talk about self-care and spiritual practices for leaders, but then we will spend time on some of those practices. She offers resources, such as podcasts and books, and gratefully receives favorite resources from the attendees as well. Before the busy holiday season begins, join us as we care for our souls.

The foundation of leadership begins with offering protection

This month’s Leadership Talk titled, The foundation of leadership begins with offering protection, features Rev. Anthony Tang referencing Brené Brown’s book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. The Reverend Anthony Tang is a child of God, a husband, a dad, a pastor, a strategist, and an “organic organizational gardener.” He worked in various church settings as an ordained elder and previously served as the Director of Connectional Ministry for the Desert Southwest Conference. Rev. Tang is currently the lead pastor for Desert Mission United Methodist Church in Scottsdale. Learn more about Rev. Tang at www.AnthonyTang.me.

Compassionate Leadership

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. Rev. Dr. George Cushman is a retired United Methodist pastor who served the local church for forty years. His doctoral paper focused on how we, personally, and corporately as the church, practice Compassionate Discipleship. This presentation seeks to answer profound questions like: 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?

“Spiritual Kaizen: How to Become a Better Church Leader”

Presented by Bishop Grant Hagiya and is based on the book he authored. “Kaizen” is a Japanese word that translates roughly, “to change or correct for the better.” What are the traits, qualities and characteristics of effective clergy? Is it possible to transform an average local church pastor into a highly effective and growth-oriented pastor? Leadership is not defined at birth. All of us can grow and develop into more effective leaders and we can do this at any time during our careers. Spiritual Kaizen works from the best secular and ecclesial models of leadership in order to draw out the best leadership practices available for current and future leaders of the church.

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“Leading Local Church Committees”

Presented by Mr. Daniel V. Boring, a lifelong Methodist and active member at Vista de la Montana UMC, based on his over 50 years of hands-on experience leading both large and small Methodist church groups.

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(originally aired April 11, 2022)

“How We Lead Matters”

Presented by Rev. Dottie Escobedo Frank, senior pastor Paradise Valley UMC.  Rev. Escobedo-Frank shared insights into leadership acquired over her years of ministry. The presentation is based on How We Lead Matters by Marilyn Carlson Nelson.

(originally aired Mar. 14, 2022)

“Leadership In the Church: Spirituality, Work Ethic, and a Love of People”

Presented by Rev. Gary Kennedy, senior pastor Willowbrook UMC, Sun City, AZ. Rev. Kennedy shared 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. 

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.

(originally aired Feb. 14, 2022)

“Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety”

Presented by Rev. Jack Shitama, Executive Director of Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries. Rev. Shitama is an ordained clergy with The United Methodist Church, and the founding Minister-in-Residence for the Pecometh Center for Clergy Excellence. He is the author of three books:

  • Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety
  • One New Habit, One Big Goal: Change Your Life in 10 Weeks
  • If You Met My Family You’d Understand: A Family Systems Primer

(originally aired Nov. 8, 2021)

“Boring is Best: Invest in the Right Infrastructure”

Presented by Pastor Jeremy W. Scott, United Methodist Church of Johnstown, Colorado. He has a passion for technology and offered many ideas for improving how our churches function by using various partner companies and platforms.

(originally aired Oct. 11, 2021)

“The Power of Latino Leadership”

This presentation was an informational discussion, led by Rev. Antonieta Fernandes and Rev. Efrain Zavala, based on the book and video by Juana Bordas.

(originally aired Sept. 13, 2021)