Group starts taking steps to transformation


Dr. Douglas Ruffle led 35 participants through a day of spiritual, interactive, reflective and cognitive exploration of the vision and mission of churches in their response to God’s calling at the Transformational Leaders’ School.

The event was held Aug. 26 at the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation building in Ridgeland. The participants were members of the Mississippi Conference’s A29 district ministry teams and represented nine of the 11 districts.

Ruffle, director of Congregational Development for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, called his workshop “Discovery of Church Journey.” The workshop concluded with each of the district A29 teams formulating plans to develop, implement and evaluate a system to assist churches in the discovery of God’s call for them.

The event was the second of three workshops in the conference School of Congregational Development’s Transformational Leaders’ School. The school was formed to help provide leadership development among teams of lay and clergy members of the conference.

The next training is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation building. Dr. Betsy Heaver of the General Board of Discipleship, will lead a training session on the L3 (Leading, Loving and Learning) Leadership Incubator.

The Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, administrative assistant to the bishop, facilitates the Transformational Leaders’ School.