The Vital Leadership team can assist in resourcing the discernment of local and vocational ministry. Making space to take time out to discern pathways and possibilities, with others, for offering one’s gifts and skills in the mission of God in our church, a mission for the common good, of reconciliation and renewal of all creation. This can be formal in a one year period of discernment (PoD), or, part of the rhythm a particular time in a congregation or ministry context.
The Vital Leadership team seeks to equip and support leadership development in mission, ministry and discipleship for lay and ordained members across the Synod of NSW and the ACT. We seek to support and build leadership capacity in the following ways.
Uniting Mission and Education seeks to support and can offer training pathways for Mentoring, Supervision and Coaching. The opportunity to be linked with a mentor, supervisor, and/or a coach, will help ministers and pastors to reflect on their experience and develop good leadership practice in both healthy and effective ways. Coaching is generally targeted for mission development. Supervision is often about good reflective practice. Mentoring can be less formal and about sharing wisdom and exploring in discernment or in early ministry practice.
The Vital Leadership team can offer, in conjunction with your presbytery, guidance in bringing together the various strands of your experience, learnings and reflections in to a record of lifelong learning known as a Portfolio. This Portfolio is ongoing and encouraged for all lay and ordained ministry practitioners. Our Learning Management System can assists in the curation of a portfolio for ministry agents in the Uniting Church.
The Vital Leadership team encourages ministry practitioners to integrate a way of learning and growing together using a methodology known as communities of practice (CoP). Simply it is a form of shared discipleship; meeting with others who are engaged in similar ministries so that each can share and, learn together, support each other with prayer, and grow together. Communities of Practice can assist in building trust, competency, resilience and adaptivity in mission and ministry practice. This approach can be integrated into congregational team ministry, into zone or peer learning groups across presbyteries, or among informal networks across different ministry and mission practices. The Vital Leadership team can assist in helping establish these communities of practice in your context.
Uniting Mission and Education offers a tailor-made approach to the kind of learning opportunities which will enable ministry practitioners to learn and grow. UME offers a number of short courses, expos, seminars, refreshers and retreats throughout the year and United Theological College offers academic accredited programs, colloquiums and other events for your ministry and missional leadership development needs.