Leadership Development Guide

Published on: August 19, 2015

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Remember for a moment how you felt when you were called to be a leader in a Unity ministry. Do you remember the depth of transformation that took place in your life once you began to participate in a greater way? As you continue in your service are you looking for proven ways to support others in your spiritual community to become leaders? Are you interested in new ways to develop and coach your leaders-in-training as they become the loving, forward-thinking Unity leaders of the future?

If so, The Leadership Development Guide will support you in ensuring that systems and processes are in place to develop leaders at many levels including: the board, teams/programs, mission-focused outreach, goal implementation team, credentialed leaders, staff, potential future leaders, etc. Its purpose is to create mission-focused enlightened leaders who relate to the opportunities and challenges of ministry in a way that embodies Unity principles. These individuals inspire others to share their gifts and abilities in meaningful roles in the life of the ministry and in service to the community.

A thriving ministry needs people who have been prepared to assume leadership responsibilities for ministries, programs and outreach aimed to further the mission. Developing leaders is an intentional and important element in shifting from a minister-centric to a mission-centric model of ministry. Thriving spiritual communities intentionally engage members in growing and evolving spiritually and relationally. This focus on leadership development also encourages a multigenerational community involving the Millennial generation in meaningful ways.

Leadership development is a vital aspect of a thriving mission-centered spiritual community. As more people become connected to the mission and agree to grow into leadership, the ministry is strengthened through increased ownership, involvement, and expanded leadership roles. The community is then able to support new people through an increased cadre of capable leaders, and better able to accomplish its vision and mission.

Cover_LeadershipDev_JournalThis guide is part of our Leadership and Ministry Development Resource series. The Leadership Development Guide is designed to support you and your ministry in incorporating best practices of leadership development. The intention of the guide is to:

  • Introduce ministry leaders to a process for enlightened leadership development within their spiritual community.
  • Provide a process for spiritual communities to effectively guide current congregants into developing the consciousness and skills of enlightened leaders.
  • Identify how the leadership development process fits in with ministry systems such as spiritual gifts discovery and sacred service ministry, enhanced membership system (community member/governing member), and emotional and spiritual development.

This guide provides:

  • Strategies for creating a culture where leadership development can thrive
  • Ways to identify potential leaders
  • Methods for equipping, developing, training, coaching and mentoring leaders
  • Resources that will support you in developing leaders

The Leadership Development Guide references webinars from the UWM Enlightened Leaders Program which are available separately.

It is likely that your ministry already has some or even many of the elements of leadership development. This implementation guide will assist you in assessing your current system, aligning it with “best practices,” and developing a system that serves your community in increasingly supportive ways.

Working with this guide and resources will enhance your skills, open your heart, and coach you to more meaningful levels of developing yourself and others as enlightened leaders.

Read the related articles about the Leadership and Ministry Development Resource Guides, the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Facilitator’s Guide, the Sacred Service Ministry Guide, and the Emotional and Spiritual Development Guide.


How Can UWM Members Access the Guides?

Note:  These guides are free to Unity ministers and ministries as a membership benefit and as a thank-you for your support to UWM. Others outside Unity are welcome to visit our Shop to purchase these ministry-enhancing items.

UWM members (ministers and ministries) are welcome to watch this video which explains how to access the guides.



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Deborah Frownfelter

Rev Deborah Frownfelter serves as Executive Director of Visionary Research, Development and Training at UWM and supervised the field-testing process as well as co-authored most of the Leadership and Ministry Development Resource Guides.

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