130 gather for first of four sessions of 2014 'Generative Leadership Academy'


2014 Generative Leadership Academy begins its second year with 130 participants. Photo by David R. Reed. Click on link above left for more photos.


By Susan Engle, Paducah District Lay Resource Leader

Generative Leadership Academy 2014 completed the first of its four weekend sessions Jan. 17-18 at Kenlake State Park in Hardin, Ky.

Temperatures were chilly, but the Spirit warmed many hearts as participants gathered to worship, remember they are baptized, learn about the character and nature of God expressed in the Trinity, and share in small groups. 

This year’s GLA has 130 participants from Dyersburg, Jackson, Paducah and Paris Districts in the Memphis Conference, as well as the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.  Last year is the first year GLA was offered to clergy and laity from the Paducah and Paris Districts.

Speakers for the January session were Dr. Joe Geary, Paris District Superintendent; Betsey Heaver from the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship (GBOD); and Sue Engle, Lay Resource Leader for the Paducah District.

They shared the theological and traditional understanding of God in the relationship of the Trinity, how that impacts the way the Body of Christ lives together in community, and the personal response Christians are all called to in that “one with Christ” relationship. 

A total of 15 small groups are working toward the second quarterly gathering on May 2-3 by reading Three Simple Rules by Ruben Job, and working on a project in their local church for Lent.  Participants will share their projects and the fruit they are beginning to see, after which they will move on to study a life of piety together.

The goal of GLA is to develop disciples who make disciples -- clergy and lay working together in the local church to transform the world. 

Click here to read more about the 2014 GLA.