Leadership Development

Leadership Development in the Indiana Conference seeks to
to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World!

The overall purpose of Leadership Development in the Indiana Conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through strategic planning for identification, recruitment, training and deployment of excellent leaders in the State of Indiana, by providing transformational leadership and by recruiting, training and motivating transformational leaders.

Leadership Development:

  • Works closely with the Indiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to develop and implement a process of recruitment, enlistment, licensing, commissioning, ordination and lifelong learning to developing transformational leaders, with intentional attention given to developing transformational leaders of color.
  • Partners with the Cabinet, the Directors and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to develop a culture of lifelong leadership excellence with resources for leadership development at every stage of ministry. This includes training processes that will provide for healthy self care, equipping of clergy for transitions in ministry and for practical skill development for leading local congregations including how to empower a healthy partnership between clergy and laity in local church ministry.
  • Partners with the Board of Laity to develop pathways for excellence in laity leadership and coordinating leadership development and recruitment within and between the various working teams and committees of the conference and leadership in our local churches helping place the right leaders in the right places.



Pathways has replaced by UMCARES

If you have been using Pathways to track your progress on any of the various candidacy, ordination or local pastor tracks, please know that Pathways is no longer being used. All tracking is now being done in UMCARES. Even though Pathways is still accessible, do not upload any files into it. All information has already been transferred into UMCARES.

If you have questions, please contact your District Committee on Ministry or Ed Metzler at ministerialservices@inumc.org


Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright

Director of Leadership Development



Emily Krach

Associate Director of Leadership Development - Laity



 Rev. Matthew Leffler

Associate Director of Leadership Development - Ministerial Services



Ed Metzler

Administrator of Leadership Development - Ministerial Services



Indiana Conference of 
The United Methodist Church
301 Pennsylvania Parkway
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280