The Orders and Fellowship gathering for clergy was held Jan. 21-22, 2015, at St. Mark’s UMC in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Rev. Jay Hanson, senior pastor, and Anne Bosarge, director of discipleship, from The Chapel, a United Methodist congregation in Brunswick, Georgia, were the featured speakers. Their messages focused on growing church leaders with a theme of "High Def Leadership Development."
Our featured speakers were Rev. Jay Hanson and Anne Bosarge. They came to us from The Chapel, a United Methodist congregation in Brunswick, Ga.
They do not have names that you would recognize from their latest book or having been speakers at a continuing education event you attended because they have not done either of these.
What they have done is develop a discipling and leadership program for their congregation, with Jay as the senior pastor and Anne as the Director of Discipleship. The discipleship program begins intentionally with children in the fourth grade.
We asked them to share with us how they developed this program and implemented it congregation-wide to give us inspiration for developing spirit-led leaders in the local churches of the Great Plains.
Jay began praying a dangerous prayer “Lord do with me today whatever you must, that in the future you may do with me whatever you wish!” and in 2004, he was able to fully trust God to do with him “whatever You wish.” A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, Jay was approached by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church to plant a new congregation in Brunswick. Starting new ministries was not new for Jay, but starting a new congregation from scratch was still no small challenge. With wife Kim and a handful of dedicated movers and shakers, Jay obeyed God’s call on his life and The Chapel became officially consecrated in September 2005. Though each Sunday Jay claims things will be “a little bit different”, the bottom line and vision for The Chapel remains the same: changed lives. And with two teenagers at home, Jay’s own life (and wallet) may just be the most changed of all.
Anne serves as the Director of Discipleship at The Chapel. Prior to working at The Chapel, she was an elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, and technology trainer in the Georgia public school system. Anne loves coming up with creative ways for people to encounter God! Anne’s passion is to help families grow in faith together by empowering parents to leave a spiritual legacy for their children. Her top priority is spending time with her husband Corey and their children Rosalyn and Jacob.