Learning & Transformation - Resources for Conversations - Written Materials

Metrics Monographs by Gil Rendle
Metrics, what the church measures, will set direction for who we will be and what we will do as a church. To measure nothing produces nothing. To measure the wrong things is to constrain and burden our leaders.  It is time to make metrics a next place of learning since our chosen metrics will shape the conversation we will have about vitality and faithfulness in the next years. This series of five monographs is intended to invite people into the conversation as we learn together.

Read and/or download the first three monographs in the series below and sign up here to receive each of the monographs as they are published every few months. We encourage you to use these as resources for bold conversations. The Texas Methodist Foundation is hosting conversations on this topic, as well. The second gathering will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. If you are interested in attending, please email Teri Fichera. Read and/or print the event flyer here: Metrics Platform Event.

  1. “Counting Resources and Measuring Ministry” (February 2013)
  2. “Getting to the Why: Turning Intentions Into Outcomes” (April 2013)
  3. “Phronesis and the Task of Figuring It Out for Ourselves” (August 2013)
  4. “Counts, Measures and Conversations: Using Metrics for Fruitfulness” (September 2013)
  5. “Be Careful What You Measure” (October 2013)

A New Paradigm for Clergy Leadership:  Cultivating an Ecosystem of Excellence by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie (2013)
We are a narrative people, and the metaphors we use in our thinking and our work influence and determine our actions. What if we changed our metaphor for entry into ministry from a “pipeline” to an “ecology”?

Next Steps in the Wilderness by Gil Rendle (2012)
We have already come far in our journey toward changing and renewing our institutionalized United Methodist denomination.  While there is still much to do, we have learned much and developed new shapes of leadership.  Based on on-going conversations with active bishops “Next Steps” outlines both the constraints on leadership in our church and also, more importantly, new paths and new principles our bolder leaders are following.  There are “new basics” for leaders to know and to use.

Questions About the Development of Clergy Leaders:  Is There Only One Path to Get Us There? by Gil Rendle (October 2011)
Faithful, effective, entrepreneurial leaders are key to a future of the church that will be vital and relevant. There is wide agreement on the importance of such leadership. There is, however, no agreement on how to develop such leaders. Avoiding the trap of searching for the “right way” for forming such leaders, this monograph explores issues, questions and trends we will need to engage in order to develop the leaders needed for the future of the church.

Edge Organizations by Gil Rendle (June 2009)
“Change happens at the edge, not in the center.”  “Change happens at the bottom, not at the top.” Such aphorisms ring true as they apply to old established institutions where leaders and organizations need to position themselves closer to the edges than to the center in order to affect change needed to revitalize the church.  These resources come from a presentation by Dr. John Wimmer at a 2009 gathering of leaders exploring what it means to be “of the church” while not trapped “in the church.”

Tower of Babel by Gil Rendle (March 2008)
The United Methodist Church is in the midst of re-defining connectionalism – what is it that connects us in purpose and in practice. This 2008 monograph argues that (1) we need to be both realistic and missional in our expectations of the connectional relationship; (2) we need to understand ways of connecting that honor individuality over compliance; and (3) it is our purpose and our story as a United Methodist people that will connect us much more than our rules and our institutionalism could ever hope to.