Nineteen leaders of the California-Nevada Conference recently gathered in Nashville, Tenn. for the 2013 Quadrennial Training Event for Teams of Conference Leaders. The event, which attracted more than 1,000 United Methodists from annual conferences across the United States, focused on learning and practicing skills for adaptive leadership and stories of adaptive learning.
This training event takes place at the beginning of each quadrennium and the theme this year was "Even the Wind and the Waves: Leadership that Makes a Difference" based on Mark 4:41b. Plenary time was divided into four quadrants that focused on the identity of the United Methodist Church, the purpose, current realities, and future hopes for the church. Emphasis, conversation, and time centered on each annual conference working together in its setting to respond to its adaptive questions.
The adaptive leadership component was led by the Rev. Susan Beaumont, senior consultant, the Alban Institute. She is an ordained clergy person who also has an MBA and extensive corporate leadership and consulting experience. Other leadership included Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council of Bishops and bishop of the Germany Central Conference; Dr. Philip Clayton, provost of Claremont Lincoln University and dean of Claremont School of Theology; Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, bishop of the North Carolina Conference; Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer, bishop of the West Ohio Conference; the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker, executive secretary for the Connectional Table; and, the Rev. Jasmine Smothers, associate director of connectional ministries in the North Georgia Conference.
Worship was led by Jorge Lockward, director of the Global Praise program for the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM).