INVITATION FOR SINGLE WOMEN CLERGY
SMALL, RURAL CONGREGATIONS
pilot project beginning Thursday, May 3, 2007
and Leader: L. Cecile Adams (see
are invited to participate in a pilot project of The eMinistry Network for
the months of May, June and July, 2007.
The project seeks to provide support and connection for women clergy who
are single and who are serving in small, rural congregations. It
will bring together a group of five to eight women by phone twice a month
for an hour of guided conversation and group coaching.
The project's goal is to provide connection and support which will enable
group will meet twice a month by phone, each time for an hour. As with
eMinistry's teleclasses, the group will be connected by a bridge line--a
common number that connects everyone in a virtual room. While the
service of the bridge line is free, you are responsible for the normal
long distance charge for each call.
registration fee for this 3-month pilot project (6 group sessions) is $105
The group will meet for three months on the first and third Thursdays
of the month, beginning Thursday, May 3.
group times are available; please register for the group time
that works best for you:
Thursdays at 12:00 noon
Eastern (11:00 am Central, 10:00 am Mountain, 9:00 am
Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Eastern (3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific)
If these times don't work
for you, please
email Cecile as it may be possible to
work out some alternate times.
share this information with others you believe would benefit from
participating in this group coaching pilot project.
Adams has been coaching in the areas of leadership, careers and
relationships since 1998.
has led workshops and seminars on coaching for Christian Educators,
non-profit organizations, people working with abused children, and the
general public. She edited Coaching
By the Book, a premier resource for Christian coaches, and is the
co-author of A New Direction for Leadership:
A Guidebook for Coaching in the Church.
She has led several classes for eMinistry.
retired diaconal minister in the United Methodist Church, Cecile has
served on several conference staffs, including four years as Council
Director for the Detroit Conference. She has worked with the Intentional
Growth Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina – a conference center
for the United Methodist Church -- in developing distance learning pilot
a personal and business coach, Cecile
brings to coaching both her extensive experience and a desire to help you
succeed in life and ministry. Cecile sees you as creative, resourceful,
and whole and wants to support you in being all God is calling you to be.
Ten Best Practices for Vestries
Leader: Jim Adams
be offered again Spring 2007
pm Eastern (one hour teleclass) --
Class size: Limited to 10
Does your vestry function well?
(or does it function at all, or just haphazardly?) Is it a focused
management team?....or does it operate based on the "luck of the
draw"? What are some easy-to-implement "best
practices" which can help your vestry function more effectively and
Too often vestry service is
viewed as a chore, not a privilege. Or worse, near the end of a
term, the vestry member often is burned out, frustrated, and laments every
agreeing to serve. It doesn't have to be that way. We can make
our vestry processes clearer and more efficient so that our vestry members
can be the visionary leaders they need to be. We can move a vestry
from "good" to "great" -- and it doesn't take getting
a consultant to come in and tell us what we think we already know.
Join us for a look at ten best
practices that are easy to implement – and that could be a great
discussion topic at your next vestry meeting. We’ll provide some
proven management techniques, and new insight into what can put a vestry
on the right track to move forward in action.
This two-session class will
provide plenty of time for discussion, questions and sharing among
This class will focus on vestries of parishes where there are already some working committees.
R. Adams has served on many vestries in two separate dioceses and dozens
of social service non-profit boards. He has been a warden, chair of
stewardship and building committees, a trustee of church endowments,
convention delegate, an officer of many non-profits, and has participated
in more "vestry visioning and goal-setting retreats" than he
cares to remember. Recently, as a semi-retired lawyer, he has been
working with several boards of non-profits which want to improve the way
they discharge their mission responsibilities in their chosen fields.