On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, ministers from across Georgia are invited to Reinhardt College for a continuing education seminar on church staffing. The seminar will be held in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt's main campus in Waleska, Ga., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included in the $35 per person registration fee.
Jim Jernigan, Reinhardt coordinator of ministerial relations, said this topic was selected after seeking input from church leaders and Reinhardt ministerial association members. "Every year we pick a topic that will address a distinct need in our churches," Jernigan said. "Our goal is to address something that fills in the blanks after seminary, so in the past, we've dealt with issues like fund raising, youth ministry and conflict mediation. We decided to host 'Building a Team with Those Who Don't Have Time to Play' this year because leadership and management are so critically important to church success."
The Rev. Michael Selleck, director of connectional ministries, has been involved in the planning and considers church leadership as having both short- and long-term ramifications. "It's not what you have going on at present that proves your leadership; it's what is still going on after you have been gone a year that is the test of your skills. This seminar will be an excellent opportunity to get the facts on how to best supervise for impact today and tomorrow."
The presenter, the Rev. Randy Coy, was suggested by RMA President the Rev. Dr. Michael Cash and Reinhardt alumnus, RMA member and trustee the Rev. Dr. James Mooneyhan. Coy, a distinguished pastor and a former district superintendent & cabinet member from the Kentucky Conference, is currently the president/CEO of the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth. He has led multi-staff churches, and while serving as Ashland District Superintendent, he was secretary and dean of the Cabinet and served on numerous conference agencies. A Kentucky native, Coy is a second career pastor. He started in the ministry in 1981 as he served a two-point charge and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Asbury College. He also earned a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Coy has spent the past 27 years of his life in pastoral ministry. "I've pastored churches great and small. I've worked with staffs of all size. As district superintendent, I supervised 66 churches in nine Kentucky counties." In addition to his practical experience, he has done extensive reading in the areas of leadership and coaching. "I believe that one of the biggest needs in the life of the church today is for an empowered leadership," he said. 'This leadership should be both lay [church members] and clergy. However, this leadership can only be at its best when we work together as a team."
Coy will address working with paid and volunteer staff in a climate of limited resources and a general waning of allegiance to organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own leadership style and the leadership needs of their congregation, staff and volunteers. He will draw upon studies in leadership and team building and provide real-world examples. He will also describe best practices on how to assemble the right people to lead a church. Informal discussion will give participants opportunities to share their own questions and experiences.
Participants will learn about some tools they can use to assess their current leadership skills. He will also offer a reading list of valuable leadership resources, both from the church world and the business world. "I hope that participants will gain some practical skills that will help them to know when to build/increase staff and then how to assemble that staff," Coy said.
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