Launching Leaders

One of the most common frustrations we hear from clergy, laity, and judicatory leaders across the country is the lack of quality leaders. We often lack intentional leadership formation pathways to remedy this situation. Phil and Kay will identify the leadership traits needed for shaping spiritual leaders and a pathway for their development.

Kay Kotan

Kay Kotan

Kay Kotan currently serves as the Director of Equipping Vital Congregations for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her responsibilities include congregational revitalization and new church starts.

She is a CoachU and Advanced Coach U Graduate, an accredited coach (Professional Certified Coach – PCC) with the International Coaching Federation, certified Path 1 coach, and once served on the faculty at Coaching4Clergy. As a passionate lay person, she has worked in corporate America and was a business owner for more than 20 years. Kotan has been serving churches, pastors, conferences, and judicatory leaders for the past decade. She is most proud to be the wife of Bob for 26 years and the mother of their 23 year-old son, Cameron.

Kay is the author of multiple books/workbooks including Gear Up: Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church, Mission Possible: Structuring Your Church for Missional Effectiveness, Full Schedules, Barren Souls as well as the co-author of the book entitled, IMPACT!: Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry, Small Church Check-Up, Insights on Productivity, Strategic Ministry Planning, Renovate or Die – Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission, Ministry 3.0 and Get Their Name, Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church and Necessary Nine – Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently

Mrs. Kotan spends her time investing in pastors, laity leaders, churches, and judicatory leaders in teaching, coaching, creating resources, and moving them into greater effectiveness and fruitfulness in their ministries to reach more people for Jesus Christ. She is an enthusiastic and passionate presenter who challenges her workshop participates in both their thinking and their doing.

Phil Schroeder

Phil Schroeder

Phil Schroeder is the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence for the North Georgia Conference and serves as a consultant on many aspects of local church life. He grew up in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in Tyrone.

Phil graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in marketing and healthcare administration. He moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University where he received an MBA and MDiv. from the dual degree program in business and theology. During his Doctor of Ministry work at the United Theological Seminary, he completed three books with Abingdon Press entitled Using the Five Senses to Tell God's Story: Children's Sermons for the New Common Lectionary - Years A, B & C. He is also the co-author of The Stewardship Journey, The Capacity for More and More than Just One Neighbor - based on the Parable of the Good Samaritan. His most recent book, Small Church Check-Up, with co-author Kay Kotan, was published in January 2018.

He has taught Religious Leadership and Administration as well as Evangelism, Preaching, and the New Church Leadership Academy as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology. He has also taught in the leadership track at Wesley Seminary in their Doctor of Ministry Program. His previous appointments include Connectional Ministries, Grayson UMC, Peachtree Road UMC Associate, Stark UMC, Gainesville First UMC Associate, and Lowell UMC.

He and his wife Elizabeth have been married more than 31 years and have three children, Daniel, Kathryn and Paul. For fun, Phil enjoys a challenging game of Scrabble or a thoughtful film.