Reclaiming the Role of Lay Leadership
While the early church and the Methodist movement were primarily lay-led, our modern church leadership models have emphasized the role of clergy and have devalued the ministry of the laity. In this workshop, Dr. Blake Bradford, co-author of IMPACT!: Reclaiming the Call of Lay Leadership, offers practical and proven plans to help clergy and laity partner together again to spread the Gospel in a new day and age! Learn how intentionality in relationships, discipleship, missions, and leadership formation will enable your congregation to make a God-sized IMPACT in your community mission field!
The Rev. Dr. Blake Bradford is the Chief Mission Strategist and Superintendent of the Central District of the Arkansas Conference, and co-author of the books, IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry and Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness. A graduate of Hendrix College, he has masters degrees from Vanderbilt University and Iliff School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Blake has pastored churches of different sizes and contexts, and he has served the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality as a congregational coach, consultant, and director of the ordination program. He and his wife Kerri, an instructor in the art department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, have two teenage children. Blake also holds a second-degree black belt, which he believes may have been his best training for ministry! Learn more and download resources at www.blakebradford.org.