Reynolds Ministries

United Methodist pastors benefit from these leadership development opportunities. Apply today to invest in yourself and the future of the Church.

The Reynolds Program in Church Leadership is a one-year leadership development certificate program offered to United Methodist clergy in the Western North Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, North Georgia and Florida conferences.

  • Foundations for Leadership: Who are you? (August)
  • Developing a Vision: Who is your congregation? (November)
  • Working the Plan: How do we work together? (February)
  • Mobilizing the Mission: Where do we go from here? (May)

Applications are received each spring; applicants are notified of acceptance decisions by June 1.

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“Leadership is essential for the renewal of the Church and the transformation of communities and cities with the good news of Jesus Christ. Our participants in the Reynolds Program consistently share that this has been the best leadership training they have experienced and that it came at just the right time. On behalf of the Florida Conference, thank you for including us in this gift to the Church!” – Bishop Ken Carter


The Reynolds Academy for Ministry Management is a one-year leadership program for Senior Pastors in the Western North Carolina Conference with a focus on strong management and administrative practices. The purpose is to equip clergy with the necessary skills to effectively manage a church.

Timing of sessions vary year by year.

“This is the most helpful and applicable continuing education program I’ve ever participated in. It helped explain a lot of issues I see in the church and gave me specific ways to improve our process.”

The Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship is a 2-4 year program for Senior Pastors in the Western North Carolina Conference. This program was formed under the belief that wise leaders, including pastoral leaders, should dedicate time to learning from one another. Participants are exposed to teachings from the most innovative and successful church leaders. Participants travel outside the state up to three times a year. Travel expenses are covered by the program.

Nominees are eligible to apply by invitation. Session dates vary each year.

“There ought to be a way for ministers who are eager to reach the unchurched to get together and share ideas, programs, victories, concerns and failures. They [ministers] will pick their own format and subjects to discuss. They will have outside speakers, share with each other and go to major churches that are really on fire; and they will hold each other accountable.” – Royce Reynolds

For questions, please contact the Director of Reynolds Ministries & Programs, Caroline Cox.

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