Welcome to Envisioning!
The Conference Envisioning Ministries Team was created by the 2008 session of the New Mexico Annual Conference. It is designed to be a "think tank" for the Bishop. Membership is chosen by the Bishop. Click on "Meet Your Envisioning Team" to the right!
The Envisioning Ministries Team is charged with the responsibility of re-examining our mission and vision, keeping those in focus before the Conference and then developing a strategic plan to help accomplish that mission and vision. The Team constantly will be looking, not at today or tomorrow, but 10 years in the future.
They will be:
*handing off results to the Conference Ministry Team
Vision 2020 (or click on the Vision 2020 tab to the right)
Lewis Center for Church Leadership Releases Right Questions for Church Leaders: 2013 Collection by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has released Right Questions for Church Leaders: 2013 Collection by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. This booklet was created in response to requests for a collection of questions used over the years in “The Right Question” column of Leading Ideas, the Lewis Center’s free e-newsletter. Weems, director of the Lewis Center, organized selected questions by topic and makes them available in this new collection.
Weems says, “‘The Right Question’ column grew out of my realization years ago that leaders spend far too much time trying to figure out the ‘right answers’ to a range of issues facing congregational life while that time would be more profitably used in discerning a few key questions that can change the direction of a church.”
The topics covered in Right Questions for Church Leaders: 2013 Collection are: Understanding Your Church’s Identity; Supporting Leaders; Mission and Outreach; Reaching New Disciples; Staffing and Hiring; Reviewing Programs; Use of Time; Planning In Times of Transition; Seeking Feedback; Fruitful Leadership; Making Good Decisions; Facing Challenges; Preaching; Looking for Clues; and Personal Reflection and Assessment.
Right Questions for Church Leaders is available as an e-book for Kindle and iBooks for $4.99 and as a PDF for $6.99. The 2012 Collection is also available. More information is available at http://www.churchleadership.com/resources/RightQuestions.asp.
CURRENT TRENDS MAY INFLUENCE ENVISIONING PROCESS:
2013 Clergy Age Trends Report Shows Older Clergy Bubble Growing Larger
WASHINGTON, DC – The number of older clergy continues to grow according to the Clergy Age Trends in the United Methodist Church report released today by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The annual report is prepared with assistance from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church.
Older Clergy Reach Historic High as Share of Elders
- Elders between ages 55 and 72 comprise 54 percent of all active elders, the highest percentage in history. This group reached 50 percent for the first time ever in 2010. This age cohort represented only 30 percent of active elders as recently as 2000. Previously their percentage of the total was even lower.
- This oldest cohort of active elders makes up 59 percent of elders in the Western Jurisdiction and 58 percent in the Northeastern Jurisdiction.
- The median age of elders remains at 55 in 2013, the highest in history, reached first in 2010. The median age was 50 in 2000 and 45 in 1973. The average age remains at 53, an historic high, and the mode age (the single age most represented) is now 61, also a high.
The Percentage of Middle Age Elders Continues to Shrink
- The percentage of elders aged 35 to 54 continues to shrink, from 65 percent of all active elders in 2000 to 39.81 percent in 2013. In addition, the total number of active elders decreased again in 2013 and all the loss took place in the middle age group, with modest increases in actual numbers for both young and older elders.
The Number of Young Clergy Stays about the Same
- There are more young elders, deacons, and local pastors than ten years ago, though the percentage of young elders remains low compared to historical patterns, though the trend line is up modestly but consistently.
- For example, there are more young elders than since before 2000, and the percentage of young elders is higher than since before 2000. Young elders as a percentage of all elders stayed in the 4 percent range in the first half of the 2000s and since then have made steady progress in the 5 percent range, moving closer to the 6 percent or higher range last seen in the 1990s.
Full Report Available for Download
Much more information is available in the complete Clergy Age Trends report, which is available as a free PDF download at http://www.churchleadership.com/clergyage. It shows the average and median ages of elders by United Methodist conference and features a breakdown of young, middle age, and older clergy by conference for elders, deacons, and local pastors.
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary is pleased to provide this report as a service to the church.
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary seeks to advance the understanding of Christian leadership and promote the effective and faithful practice of Christian leadership in the church and the world. The center is building a new vision for church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge and exercised in effective practice. The center seeks a holistic understanding of leadership that brings together theology and management, scholarship and practice, research and application. The Lewis Center serves as a resource for clergy and lay leaders, congregations and denominational leaders. Through teaching, research, publications and resources, the center supports visionary spiritual leaders and addresses key leadership issues crucial to the church’s faithful witness.