Articles on conflict management and various leadership styles through the lens of the chosen theme.

Rosemarie Wenner 2

Leading in Changing Times

Rosemarie Wenner explains that unity doesn’t necessarily mean harmony. “If we insist on harmony, we will create an illusion and disregard the reality of those who are excluded, silenced, or forced to fit into our system. Conflict is not the opposite of unity. It is, instead, a lively expression of seeking reconciliation of interests.”
03 Candace Lewis

Women possess and share a variety of leadership styles

By Candace Lewis. Clergywomen are starting and leading new vital congregations. They make up almost fifteen percent (15%) of the 684 church planters serving United Methodist new congregations started between 2008 and 2012. We anticipate seeing an increase in the number of clergywomen starting new churches; more women are learning about the opportunity, being assessed, and receiving specialized training in church planting.
Kim Cape

UM Clergywomen: Fifty Years of Living Out Our Call to Pastoral Leadership

By Kim Cape. I accepted the invitation to write this piece on women’s leadership because it gave me a chance to reflect more intentionally on this rather fluid topic. I entered Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 1975, graduating in 1979. I joined The United Methodist Church in 1972. Women were perhaps 10 percent of the Perkins student body at that time. There were two women on the faculty. One in Hebrew Bible and one in Pastoral Care. Period. Some of the male students made a pact not to date any of us because it was clear to them…
06 Sandra L. Steiner Ball

Empowering Women for Leadership

By Sandra L. Steiner Ball, Bishop, West Virginia Conference. “God rounded you up from all over the place, from the four winds, from the seven seas” (Ps. 107:3 MSG). God has been rounding people up since the beginning of time, calling them, and empowering them to be God’s change agents in this world. Clearly this calling is not, and has never been, limited to men. Both the Old and New Testaments include women. The recorders of biblical history have shared their stories habitually from the perspective of the dominant culture, and most often from a distinctly male perspective and understanding…
Linda Lee

Looking Until We See

By Linda Lee. he 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church was an emotional roller coaster. Just when it seemed the body had moved one way, it swung about in a different direction altogether. There were the expected differences of perspectives, understandings, and beliefs. And there were surprises—unexpected twists and turns, which sometimes brought us to laughter, tears, anger, or disillusionment. The surprises revealed a deeper conflict within The United Methodist Church body than we may desire to admit. But conflict is always an opportunity to go deeper, to grow into more maturity and to create new solutions.

Leading in and through Christian Communities

By Laceye Warner. A distinction of United Methodism is its polity, which focuses responsibility on the General Conference. The General Conference is an internationally representative body that meets every four years. Most notably, the General Conference possesses the sole authority to speak for the denomination. Yet, to many the results of the last General Conference were largely inconclusive, disappointing, even infuriating. There was much discussion, but little was resolved, contributing to a post–General Conference melancholy.
09 Minerva G. Carcaño

Trusting the God Who is Ever Faithful

By Minerva G. Carcaño. A beloved aunt of mine recently reminded me that when I was in high school, she had told me that wherever I led, all my cousins in my large extended family would follow me. There was a tone of responsibility in her statement, and it made me shudder. I vaguely remembered it, and began to immediately think about whether I had led well. I was, in my head, going through my relationships with the long list of my cousins when she continued, saying in a pensive way, “I wish they had followed you . . .”
03 Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Passionate Leadership

By Cynthia Harvey. When God called Nehemiah, God did not call him to simply manage a project; God called Nehemiah to lead and do so boldly. I believe that is the same kind of bold leadership God calls us to today. God calls us to lead from within with vision and with purpose. God calls us to leadership that requires risk, that takes us to places and decisions that stretch us—and takes us beyond our comfort zone.
07 Mary Ann Moman

Leadership – Micah-Style

By Mary Ann Moman. It was the middle of the night, and we were gathered in the hospital room. One of my parishioners was dying. Her family rotated in and out of the room, each taking turns holding her hand and often saying prayers out loud. Her husband of more than fifty years recited Psalm 23. I was their pastor, and I was eight months pregnant. I stood with the family as death was imminent, my belly swollen with new life.
05 Yong Hui V. McDonald

The One Million Dream Project

By Yong Hui V. McDonald. BJesus is truly blessing people in jails and prisons with new life when they come to meet Christ, grow in their relationships with the Lord, and learn how to serve. God also blessed me with a new life as a minister through dreams and visions of how I can reach out to people in different ways and in areas that I had never imagined. I will share how God expanded my ministry and mission in four different ways.
04 Susan T. Henry-Crowe

To Places Unknown

By Susan T. Henry-Crowe. Bewildered by a more visible multireligious world, Christians must become more knowledgeable and sensitive to honest expressions of God in the lives of all people. This reality creates joy, confusion, and fear. Knowing neighbors, welcoming strangers, and offering hospitality to all is the first commandment. Yet, Christian people are often trepid. Denominational Christian identity is far less defined and appreciated than it was thirty years ago. Young people are not nearly as committed to denominational identity as to Christian identity. How is the Church to understand its role in this changing context? How is it to…
05 Susan Willhauck

A Graceful Struggle: The Lead Women Pastors Project

By Susan Willhauck. Transformation of any kind can come only from a holy scuffle. In our tradition, women in ministry have been engaged in a graceful struggle, one of those genuine paradoxes of leadership. Struggle implies suffering, great effort, and determination, perhaps even the gnashing of teeth and flailing of arms; yet a struggle can also be a dance with movements that free us from past confines. When that struggle is filled with grace, God is made known, wisdom prevails, and metamorphosis happens.


2019 – Unity in the Church

2018 – Claim Who We Are in Christ

2017 – Bodies, Oppression, and Gospel

2016 – Birthing a Worldwide Church

2015 – Clergywomen Lead Vital Congregations

2014 – Empowerment for All

2013 – What Next?

2012 – What Does the Lord Require of Us?

2011 – See, I am Doing a New Thing

2010 – Voicing Truth With Grace

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WellSprings, A Journal of United Methodist Clergywomen, is published by the Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Editor: HiRho Y. Park

Managing Editor: Barbara A. Dick

Editorial Circle: Patricia Bonilla, Neelley Hicks, Anita Phillips, Jacqui Rose-Tucker, Trudy Hawkins Stringer