The commission on Christian Leadership shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining state ordination accreditation criteria and ministerial credentials through the Committee on Ministerial Standing; for promoting Christian higher education; for developing programs of education for ministers; for providing leadership education for lay leaders in member churches, in cooperation with the Commission on Christian Discipleship; for providing models, resources, tools and training to create an environment for renewal in local churches; for developing opportunities to enhance minister-church relations; for providing a support system for pastors and their families; and for designing support programs for use by churches with small membership.

Secure

support systems for pastors and their families.

Provide

leadership education for church leaders.

Develop

educational programs for ministers and lay leaders.

Establish

and maintain ordination criteria.

Leadership Commission Goals

1. Address the significant leadership needs of West Virginia Baptist Convention churches.

2. Address the emotional, physical, financial, relational and spiritual needs of professional church  leaders.

3. Plan and implement leadership training in conjunction with local churches, associations and other commissions, staff and auxiliary groups.

Leadership Commission Resources

1. Developing Ministry Teams
A resource designed to assist church leaders in the development of ministry teams. It is intended that a West Virginia Baptist Convention staff member present this information in a seminary/workshop setting.

2. Nurturing the New Christian
A resource designed to assist church leaders in the development of ministry teams. It is intended that a West Virginia Baptist Convention staff member present this information in a seminary/workshop setting.

3. Renew the Church
A planning resource that leads churches through the process of discovering their mission and strategizing to fulfill it.

4. Renew the Association
A resource designed to assist associations in discovering their mission and setting goals for fulfilling it.

5. Training and Equipping Members for Ministry (T.E.A.M.)
A workshop/seminar resource led by West Virginia Baptist Convention staff members guiding leaders through a process of diagnosis, information and planning growth of the church. This is usually a three-day conference for pastors and a weekend for churches

6. Equipping All Members for Ministry
An interactive study resource designed to be used in a variety of ways. It contains 52 lessons, which include Bible study, personal application and questions for individual reflection. A leader guide is available.

7. The Worshipping Church
An interactive study resource designed to be used in small groups. It contains 13 lessons, which include Bible study, personal application and questions for individual reflection and application. A leader guide is available.

For more information on these resources, please contact Rev. Mark McCloy at mccloy@wvbc.org.

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