Pastoral Excellence

Karen Hayden
Karen Hayden
Pastoral Excellence



The Center for Pastoral Excellence is responsible for enhancing pastoral effectiveness through continuing education events, peer learning, coaching, and training. Our goal is to support transformative leadership processes for clergy. The Center provides options designed to equip and develop pastors to lead congregational growth.

The Director for Pastoral Excellence along with the appointive Cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry, work to develop the processes of entering ministry, licensing and ordination, and equipping laity as pastoral leaders. In addition, the Center emphasizes the development and recruitment of younger and more diverse pastoral leadership.

For more information about the Center for Pastoral Excellence, feel free to contact:

Karen Hayden
Director of Pastoral Excellence
Email: Karen Hayden

Trudy McManus
Clergy Relations and Benefits Administrator
Email: Trudy McManus

Jenny Gragg
Executive Assistant for Pastoral Excellence / Conference Candidacy Coordinator
Email: Jenny Gragg


The Call

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The Hannah Project

Each Congregation is challenged to participate in the program of ministerial recruitment and nurture. For brochure click here and for the checklist click here.



Imagine 4 days away from the pace of daily routine. RENEW give you two rare and precious gifts: Time and Space; to rest, to talk together and to reflect.

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  • June 8-11 (couples) Greystone - Rogers, AR

click here for pdf of schedule

Candidacy Summit 2015

July 30 - August 1st, 2015

Candidacy Summit for exploring candidates in ministry.

Held in Columbia, Mo

For more information please click here

Soul Connection

We all dream of it – just one day where we can step away from the office. One day where we can escape the chaos of our calendar. One day where we can experience God in a new and different way. Good news! Your “One Day” is here! Clergy and church leaders are invited to enjoy a Day Apart in one of two regions this Spring. The day will commence with a brief and informal worship followed by a day of unstructured set-apartness. There will be space for silence, space for creative expressions, space for worship planning, space to fellowship with friends and colleagues… whatever you need your day apart to look like. The day will begin at 9:30am and end at 3:30pm. Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch. Register at (Locations listed below.) THIS is your One Day - Don’t let it pass you by!

Click here for the Soul Connection Website


Compass: A Wesleyan Leadership Experience
strengthening leaders of churches that seek to reach new people for Jesus Christ

Compass Brochure (pdf)

Four Directions/Core Competencies
(to be experienced in a 48-hour gathering of clergy):

  1. Holiness /Pastoral Development
  2. Leadership & Worship
  3. Social Holiness/Missional Readiness
  4. Strategic Planning

Compass is a two-year covenantal, continuous peer learning experience. It is designed to promote resources which strengthen a pastor’s spiritual life and pastoral effectiveness.

Compass builds on a pastor’s core competencies. Over a two-year period participants will learn from nationally recognized leaders in eight large group gatherings. Four of those gatherings (Directions) will be 48-hour advance retreats around the conference.

Participants will also gather for Saturday events (Regional Day Apart) four times throughout the Compass program. To align clergy/lay learning and integration of such learning into the congregation, Regional Day Aparts will also include (at the participant’s invitation) key lay leaders from the congregation in which the Compass participants are serving. Together, you will discuss how the learning impacts your particular ministry setting and Kingdom Work. We want to further facilitate your learning and integration by providing a coach who will work with you and your lay people at the Regional Day Apart. Some of you may already be working with a pastoral coach, but the Compass coach will focus on the work of the church. In the registration process, you will be able to name your coach and we will try to be as accommodating as possible. Regional Day Aparts will be offered in three different geographic locations: St. Louis, Kansas City or Springfield with participants selecting their preferred learning region.

Participants will also meet in seven gatherings (Journey groups) in the between-times for ~ 4 hour sessions over the two-year period. They are led by a chosen/trained Journey leader. Journey groups will be configured after enrollment by affinity. These groups will hold one another accountable and share best practices.

The cost to participate in this program is $900 and is to be paid in two installments of $450 each. The first of which will be due by July 10, 2015, and the second will be due by July 10, 2016. This cost will cover all room and food during events, as well as costs associated with our speakers, Journey group leaders and our resource desk. Childcare will be available at the last three 48-hour retreats (9 am – 5 pm). Participants to whom it relates are encouraged to apply for their remaining Quadrennial BOM Continuing Education Grant ( to offset expenses. Attached is a letter for you to give to your S/PPRC's if you choose. If you would like a signed copy sent, please send your request via email to Jenny Gragg (

We continue to work on building our speaker list, and as those details are ironed out you will be provided with updated information.

Please contact Karen Hayden with any questions you may have about the program.

We hope that you will join us in this exciting Compass movement in the Missouri Conference. Submit your application and payment to the attention of Jenny Gragg (jgragg@moumethodist; 3601 Amron Court Columbia, MO 65202.) Compass is limited to the first 40 participants who register. Participant’s registration in the program is confirmed when payment is made.

For PDF click here


Orlando, Florida -- November 6-8, 2015
EXPLORATION 2015 is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God's call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. If you have sensed God might be calling you to ordained ministry, wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, this gathering is for you. For more information click here.


Crossroads Applications

Crossroads College-Age Internship
Vocational discernment at the crossroads of life
The Missouri Annual Conference is excited to share a “ministry as a career” discernment program for college-age persons. This program seeks to give a variety of opportunities for those exploring working within a ministry setting. The Office of Pastoral Excellence will receive applications from college-age (18-25) persons interested in an internship in a ministry setting for Summer 2016. Available December 2015. 

Cole Summer Seminary Ministerial Internship 2016

Available December 2015

Missouri Conference Reading List

Board of Ordained Ministry Forms

For more information about the Board of ordained ministry, please visit our Board of Ordained Ministry section

Compass: Coach Biographies

Boundaries Training

For more information click here.