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Single Women Clergy in Rural Churches Pilot Project

Ten Best Practices for Vestries








Three-month pilot project beginning Thursday, May 3, 2007


Coach and Leader:  L. Cecile Adams  (see bio below)



You 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 you to 


use your strengths more powerfully

create more joy in your ministry and your life

deepen your faith

invest yourself more intentionally in life and ministry without being caught continually in the tyranny of the urgent


All of this will happen in a supportive group of women with similar concerns and hopes, and an environment of confidentiality.
An added bonus is doing this from the comfort of your home or office. 

What else can you expect from this experience?

Sanity: When you feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you will want to maintain and nurture your sanity. Your coach and the group can help you do that.


Solutions: In this group experience, you will discover solutions, strategies, and simplicity in dealing with people and situations.


Support: Both your coach and the group are in your corner: encouraging, affirming, assisting you in becoming the person you want to be--as well as challenging, reframing, and providing accountability.


Spiritual Growth:  The increasing integration of body, mind, and spirit that occurs in the coaching experience will help you expand your awareness of God's presence in your life, enhance your perception of yourself as a woman of God, and recognize more opportunities to be faithful.


The 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.


The registration fee for this 3-month pilot project (6 group sessions) is $105 per person.  

The group will meet for three months on the first and third Thursdays of the month, beginning Thursday, May 3.


Two 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 Pacific)      


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.

Please share this information with others you believe would benefit from participating in this group coaching pilot project. 



  L. Cecile Adams has been coaching in the areas of leadership, careers and relationships since 1998.


Cecile 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.


A 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 projects


As 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


Date:       To be offered again Spring 2007


Time:       7:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) -- 


Cost:       $20.00 


Class size:   Limited to 10


Class#:    CMC-LD100


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 happily? 


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 participants.

Please note:   This class will focus on vestries of parishes where there are already some working committees.  



James 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.




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