Learn More About the Speakers

5 key questions to the speakers:

1. What is your name and work title?
2. What will be the key elements in your teaching?
3. What are the most important qualities of a leader?
4. How can young leaders be Called2Serve?
5. What is the most important issue you deal with in your church and


Church with the Poor

1. Helen Byholt Lovelace, Director of Diaconal ministries in Lithuania UMC.


2. What does Jesus tell us in Matthew 25:35 ff? Does He only tell us to give food and drink to them who are hungry and thirsty, visit people in prison or is it more to it than that? 

What does it mean to be in mission with the poor.


3. The most important qualities of a leader are for the leader to be a good listener, have vision, and be generous, inspiring, and flexible.


4. Have good role models, be challenged in their faith, given responsibilities and be involved and included in the life of the church.


5. Help the church and their members to share their faith not only in words, but also in action. Help us to see that action is a consequence of our faith.

1. Artur Põld, pastor of Jõhvi UMC, Director of Camp Gideon

2. Sharing how to proclaim good news to the poor

3. Being humble; being able to listen to HIS voice in order to fulfil HIS will

4. The most important factor here is the calling from HIM.

5. Laziness of those who are Called2Serve


Developing Leaders - mentoring, discipleship

1. Pastor Leif S. Jacobsen

- I will focus on two key elements in my teaching:

- Mentoring, developing relations for personal maturing and growth.

- Teambuilding, one important key in Church building.


- The ability to listen.

- The ability to form a vision and a strategy that can mobilize others.

- The ability to motivate and inspire.

- The ability to delegate.

- By being part of a church/organization where they are given responsibility for leadership tasks suitable for their capacity under the guidance of a mentor.

- By being encouraged to keep moving on when they fail.

- By being allowed to develop their creativity.


- To develop the next generation for leadership.

- To mentor these leaders.

- To form teams for planting new churches

1. Anna Zinchenko, consultant (REACH registration of chemicals)

2. Sharing my own experience in being a leader: challenges to consider, how to grow as a young leader and help others in your team to grow and develop themselves

-seeing the "bigger picture": knowing the vision and direction of your church
 and communicating it to your team members
-problem-solver attitude
-managerial and organizational skills: keeping a balance between being a
 friend and a leader to your team members, using the talents of your team
 members at their best

4. By having a serving and grateful attitude, an open mind and readiness to learn and improve

5. To keep volunteers focused on the reason why we are doing church together instead of them being caught up in the routine of Sundays


Methodist Identity - in the local church

1. Hilde Marie Ø. Movafagh - Research Fellow at Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo and teacher at the United Methodist Seminary, Oslo.

2. We will work on theology and how our Wesleyan inheritage still form us as United Methodists today. We will especially work on how we interpret our inheritage to a contemporary theology that make sense to us and communicate well with people in our context.

3. The combination of having a clear vision she or he aims for and at the same time see the persons he/she is leading, trust them and let them participate in the ministry and in the forming of the vision. Most leaders will lean to one of the two sides, the combination is important to be a good leader.

4. I believe young leaders are called to serve. The church needs leaders at all levels, and whether you are a bishop og leads the toddlers at Sunday school - it is just as important. A way to say yes to leadership is also to accept a responsibility that is comfortable, but still challenges you a little bit. After a while it is time for new challenges and more responsibility. Young leaders are called both by God and by the church, God does his part in empowering them, we as a church also has to see and empower young people and help them develop as leaders. Sometimes we do.

5. At the moment I work on my dissertation on contemporary Methodist theology of grace, and that takes up most of my days at the moment. But my passion is also to teach, guide and empower our students through a time of learning and development into exciting ministry.


Church for the 21st Century

1. John Eidering – Coordinator in the west region of Equmenia Sweden (Equmenia is the youth organisation of Equmeniakyrkan that the Swedish Methodist church is a part of)

   Johanna Buller – Youth pastor at Fiskebäcks Missionskyrka, Gothenburg.

2. We live in a world that’s changing ever so fast, the challenges on leadership to navigate and lead through times of change, secularization and growing social needs are huge. In our seminar we want to pinpoint that the church has a major role to play in the world we live in, and that you as a leader are capable to lead in and through your church! We hope that we’ll be able to empower you with confidence, focus and hope for the future!

A heart for Gods – The relationship to Jesus is the most fundamental thing of a spiritual leader, so it’s essential that it’s at the heart of your life.

2.    Servant hearted – It’s the ability to lead with a heart for God and the people you lead so that you put others first. Then you’re able to use the authority and influence you have to help others grow.

3.     A genuine life – It’s more important than ever to be genuine, in a time when so much is encouraging us to build our own trademark people are desperate for the real deal. It’s crucial for a spiritual leader to be genuine, that our faith permutes our whole life so that we talk the talk and walk the walk.

4.     Awareness – Be aware of who you are as a leader, your strengths and weaknesses, but also we’re you’re heading, what’s your vision? That strengthens your ability to make wiser decisions for yourself and for the people you lead.

4. God has always been faithful to call and equip new leaders for every new generation, he will do the same in our generation. Are you a young or a new leader? Be confident, because God has called you and he will also equip you for the task! And for you, who is already in leadership it’s crucial for you to give room to new leaders and encourage them so that they may grow in leadership!

5. One of our greatest challenges is to be true and faithful to the mission of the Church: to preach and live the gospel. How can we help people to really meet God in the midst of our ministries?


Vision and Strategy, level 1 and 2

1. Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, District Superintendent. Norway


2. Mission and vision shaped church, Praying and planning, Four sets of relationship (Up-Out-In-Of), Community-Visibility-Activity.

3. Have a biblical understanding of leadership
- Understand “what time it is” (Culture, Society, Church)
- Have a clear biblical vision for the mission of the church
- Knows the values that motivates the church in ministry
- Are well trained, have experience and good tools
- Carry spiritual and human resources, and know where to get necessary
   material resources

4. Challenge- Mentor- empower- equip


5.  “The missional strategy for the conference”, which includes a strategy for    starting new churches and for leadership development.

1. Rev. Svein Jacobsen Veland, District Superintendent. Norway


2. Obstacles, strategic work, and practical realization (performance) with focus on development of the congregation. Relationship.


3.  Relationship

·       Use the biblical understanding of leadership
·       Analytics
·       Leading by example. Our most important way of leading by example is our
      own relationship with God
·       Understand the environment.
·       Building leaders. Every organization must build leaders. We need to step
      up to this challenge and learn the skills of building leaders.
·       Teaching gratitude and biblical vision for the mission of the church.
·       Communicating and connecting
·       Creating a positive culture.
·       Thinking! Christian leaders make time to think.
·       Praying!

4. Challenge and equip them.


5.  “The mission of the church” – both the local and for the conference”.

1. Stefan Forsbäck, Pastor


2. How to inspire and implement change, vision and strategy practically in your church. Examples from our story of change.


3. Commitment to Christ and his kingdom, humbleness and eagerness to grow and learn continuously from co-workers and church members, empowering and giving (letting go of) responsibility to others.


4. LISTEN to them, INVITE to be part of the dream, EMPOWER with responsibility, COACH and SUPPORT them to growth!


5. Hearts.


Church Planting, level 1 and 2

1. Camilla Klockars, pastor in Kokkola UMC and also working as co-ordinator of the Nordic and Baltic UMC church-plants.

2. In church-planting level 1: Basics in church-planting: Why church-planting? What are we really planting? How do we do it in practice? Church-planting level 2: Ministry in the power of the Holy-Spirit.

3. A leader needs to first of all lead himself/herself. You lead best by your own example. If you're not an example of what you want others to do, you are not leading, just talking.

4. By being trained and mentored by other leaders.

5. Discipleship. Training people to become real disciples of Jesus (doing what Jesus did), not bench-warmers.

Pepp Saar - Level 1.

1. Dag Martin Østevold – Level 2
    pastor Centralkirken, Oslo (only from autumn 2015. Now also at the UMC in Sotra)


2. Key elements: building the church is about building and developing people around you, Practical challenges that a church planter will face, practicing the spiritual disciplines.


3. Living yourself for the audience of the One – developing the leaders around you.


4. First and foremost by being seen and recognized and given the opportunity to lead.

5. As a pastor with small staff to be able to do the work of church administration and that of church leadership.. ?


Serenity Services

1. Yngvar Ruud, retired UMC minister


2. To present the idea and content of the serenity service. To show ways the addicted and powerless (to a degree we all are) can experience recovery.


3. A person who is a good listener and has a spirit of servanthood.


4. By having good mentors.


5. How to live on a daily basis in the presence of God and let that experience set the standard for all what I do and all that I am.


Godly Play

1. Anne Thompson, pastor M. Div., kindergarden teacher assistant


2. My workshop will be a space for reflection on the spirituality of children - what is the spirituality of a childlike, and how might an understanding of that help us meet children with the love of Christ? Is there any ways that allow us to let the children meet God without us standing in the way of that possible relationship?

The workshop will create an environment for wonder as we explore this important ministry of serving the children, and I hope you will leave encouraged, that God trusted you a ministry, where you can grow in your love for him as you help children do the same. 


3. For me the most important qualities of a leader are the ability to see opportunities for development as well as a sense of reality to see and outline the possible lines for action. Also willingness to listen as well as courage to lead from the front. In the church it is crucial for a leader to be led by Christ her/himself. 


4. God has always called young people to serve his world. For this to happen we need to teach young people how to listen, and give them opportunities for practicing their leadership both a long side experienced leaders and gradually on their own. 


5. The most important issues I deal with together with my team goes in two directions: The first is related to our own relationship with Christ; how do we get that to go deeper and be more transformed by it? The second is about the children we work with; how do we let the children meet God for themselves without us disturbing this relationship?


Timothy – programme for developing young leaders.

1. Frøydis Grinna, pastor, local church; Petrikirken, and UMC’s Children’s and Youth organization, Norway.
2. My teaching will be about ”Timothy – leadership training for youth”. This is a leadership training programme we have run in Norway for ten years, and equipped about a hundred young people for Christian leadership. Two years ago we were challenged and able to go to the UMC of Lithuania and help building up ”Timothy-training” there.
3. Be a good role model, be honest, to listen – to God and the people you serve, have an open eye and heart – to the vision and the people you serve/lead.
4. Young leaders are called to serve. God has called young people from the ancient of days. It is for us to trust them, challenge them and support them. Trust them by seeing them and giving the opportunity to lead. Challenge them by trusting them and giving them responsibilities bigger than they think they can handle. Support them by training, equipping and mentoring them. God is still calling young people. It is for us, who have been leaders for a while, to step aside and trust God in his calling.
5. To teach and remind people (both young and old) that Jesus and the Gospel is relevant even today – in our daily lives, and why it is a good thing for us to let him be a part of it. If people cannot see the relevance of having Jesus in their lives, they will not care to take him in, or to follow him.