Finding an intentional path to spiritual leadership


Church members don’t turn into spiritual leaders by accident. That transformation takes an intentional effort, which might well begin with helping those in your congregation identify their spiritual gifts and passion for service.There are a number of tools available for this purpose, and one of the most popular and effective was developed in the Great Plains United Methodist Conference.
“Serving from the Heart,” is a resource first developed as a step in the leadership development program at Church of the Resurrection (COR), in Leawood, Kan. This “whole life” spiritual gifts process was authored by Carol Cartmill, executive director of adult discipleship at COR, most recently in collaboration with Yvonne Gentille, director of guest services. Since Abingdon first published the resource in 2002, more than 85,000 adults have experienced the program.
A dozen Great Plains churches who have used this resource in the last three years include: Springfield (NE), Andover (KS), St. James (Bellevue, NE), Shawnee (KS), First UMC (Norton, KS), Calvary (Wichita, KS), Cedar Chapel (Wichita,KS), First Junction City (KS), First Topeka (KS), Aldersgate (Wichita, KS), Wamego (KS) and First Dodge City (KS).
Serving from the Heart begins with an in-depth look at spiritual gifts as described in the New Testament and a personal spiritual gifts inventory. That inventory is now offered online at and is consistently the most popular page on the website. From spiritual gifts, the program then helps each person explore his or her own talents and God-given abilities, resources available, individuality and personality type, dreams and passions and finally unique life experiences.? 
The program was recently revised and includes a workbook, a leader’s guide with session plans and activity ideas and a DVD with eight classroom teaching videos, nine video clips from the authors just for group leaders, PowerPoint presentation slides and a file of handouts and other group learning resources.

Evelyn Fisher
Director of Congregational Excellence