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Vision and Goals of Leadership Development

Goals of Leadership Development

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:12

Trajectory of LDThe goals of developing leaders in the Mountain Sky Conference are to:

  • Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. With Wesley we understand that true disciples are constantly growing in their leadership within and beyond the community of faith.
  • Encourage and nurture God’s call to leadership and discipleship in our lives. Cultivate, strengthen, and utilize the spiritual gifts God has given us, helping disciples discern how these gifts might be used for leadership within and beyond the community of faith.
  • Build up the body of Christ and further God’s mission and ministry through the development of well-equipped leaders.

We develop and equip people (both lay and clergy) for leadership in today's church and world. Leadership Development is about creating and offering a pathway for how we make disciples and how disciples grow and deepen their faith and leadership skills over time.

The Mountain Sky Conference strives to make new disciples and encourage lifelong discipleship growth for all people along every stage of faith: childhood, youth, young adult, adult, and mature adult.

Path of discipleship

 Pathway of Discipleship; Photo by Hannah ShepperdThe first goal of leadership development is to help people enter onto and walk the path of discipleship.

It is from this place of active discipleship that leaders are identified, nurtured, and deployed.

On the path of discipleship there are many entry points or “trail heads,” through which individuals become disciples and leaders.

For example, young people may come to know the path of discipleship and/or sense a call to leadership in the church through the "trail heads" of Sunday school, youth group, summer camp, or VBS.

As the church, it is our responsibility to ensure that there are trail heads/access to these trail heads at every age of life and stage of faith.

We must also ensure that each trail head is truly connected to the wider path of discipleship and effectively identifies and equips potential leaders moving forward.

Task of Leadership Development Team

As a Leadership Development Team, we know that within our conference there are many amazing "trail heads" already in place. However, not all of these trail heads operate in such a way that it is clear how one would move into leadership or deeper discipleship following the event. Have you ever been to an event where you were inspired in the moment, but no one ever followed up? Or an event where you felt really energized at the time, but when you got home nothing changed?

Our first task of the MSC Leadership Development team is to identify the trailheads we already have, as well as the ones that are not effectively linked to deeper discipleship or leadership development. How can we strengthen what we are already doing so it more effectively connects people to the path of discipleship? How can be better identify, equip, and deploy leaders through these events/programs?

In addition, we want to identify what gaps we have along the way. What trail heads do not exist? In what areas are we lacking effective programing and/or support?

Goals for the first year:

  • Create a comprehensive list of all the trail heads that exist in the MSC
  • Identify 8 trailheads that could be better linked to the path of on-going discipleship and leadership development
  • Identify 2 non-existing trailheads and how we might create new trailheads in these areas
  • Develop and implement a plan to better link and/or create these new trail heads by spring 2019

If you have any questions, please email Rev. Annie Arnoldy at or Rev. A.J. Bush at