MNU Welcomes Bishop William H. Willimon

Feb. 1, 2013

United Methodist Bishop William H. Willimon examined “Leadership in the Name of Christ: The Challenges of Pastoral Leaders” on Oct. 17 at MNU. The one-day conference, held at Bell Cultural Events Center, was targeted toward pastors, lay leaders, and students. 

Willimon explored questions related to pastoral leadership, such as, what makes Christian leadership special? How does Jesus Christ make Christian leadership both demanding and joyful? In what ways does Jesus model the peculiar nature of leadership for the Kingdom of God? What are some of the greatest leadership challenges that contemporary pastors face?

Willimon has served two terms as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, and has earned degrees from Wofford College, Yale University and Emory University. He is the author of over sixty books, including his most recent, Bishop: The Art of Questioning Authority by an Authority in Question (Abingdon). He currently serves as professor in the Duke University Divinity School, where he teaches courses on pastoral leadership and preaching.