2018 Generative Leadership Academy (GLA): Registration open to laity & clergy through Jan. 26


Registration is open through Jan. 22 (new deadline: Jan. 26!) for the 2018 Generative Leadership Academy (GLA) that will be offered in four quarterly sessions at Natchez Trace State Park in Wildersville, Tennessee (near Lexington in Henderson County).

The academy is open to laity and clergy, but is especially designed for teams of participants from individual United Methodist congregations. It is coordinated by the Connectional Ministries Team of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.

According to recent GLA communications, the academy began in 2013 “as a strategy created by a few lay persons who recognized the need for laity and clergy to work together as teams in order for new life to spring forth in our churches.”

Since its inception, organizers report that “more than 500 leaders have been discovered and equipped” and “churches are seeing the benefit” of a “generative (life-giving) spark.”

Each of the four sessions in 2018 will run from Friday evening through late Saturday afternoon: Feb. 23-24, May 4-5, Aug. 3-4 and Oct. 12-13.

CLICK HERE for brochure with complete information about GLA and how to register OR contact Elyse Bell at 731-660-1376 or ebell@memphis-umc.org.

TESTIMONIES from past GLA participants:

Many time we leaders think we have to take care of all the problem of the poor and hurting by ourselves, but through the GLA I learned to trust the Holy Spirit.That allows me to find the members of my church that have their own spiritual gifts to help those in need. It’s my duty as a Christian leader to bring those two together.  ~ Mark Griffy, Ellendale UMC, Ellendale, TN

I believe a church or other faith community should send a team to GLA in 2018 for the spiritual training and enrichment. Being a part of GLA has helped me grow closer to God. The teachings are great. (They) have helped me form a spiritual discipline. Being a part of GLA (helps me) put more emphasis on God (because of the teachings) on piety and loving. This encourages me to grow gracefully with Christ. We try to honor Him and pray His will be done. When we do that, love flows. GLA helps channel this. I don’t believe it is possible to attend GLA and not walk away with a deeper spiritual revelation. We are better equipped to serve God first and thy neighbor. The presenters were knowledgeable and precise. ~ Rev. Jimmy Carter, New Hope and Wiley Chapel UMCs, Lexington, TN

If (you) want people to re-ignite their desire to be useful to God and the church, bring them to GLA. It can happen there and will if they come expecting it to be a blessing to them. …GLA has helped me realize my gifts, God’s graces and how “even little ole me” can make a difference. ...I have been able to use what I have learned and felt (at GLA) to help me as I lead (my) church. …When I have concerns about something I’m not sure of how to handle, inadvertently someone at GLA will share something that will put me on the right path. I have seen people come into GLA without any direction of where they and/or their church was heading or what they could do about it. They’ve gotten excited and come back telling ... how they/we can be Jesus. When (others) get excited, I get excited. I am able to use (others') ideas with my congregation. I just pray that more people will realize that the spreading of the gospel begins with themselves. It’s not all (the work of) the pastor. Pastors need to realize they have a gold mine sitting in their pews (that is) untapped... ~ Rev. Betty Greer, Mt. Carmel UMC, Camden, TN