The Rev. Nelson Granade is pastor of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, N.C., and a consultant with Center for Congregational Health. He is the author of “Lending Your Leadership: How Pastors are Redefining Their Role in Community Life.” Since arriving in North Wilkesboro in 1994, he has served as a United Way campaign chair, chair of Wilkes Vision 20/20 and on the boards of the Wilkes Pastoral Counseling Center and the Cross Cultural Coalition Task Force, among other roles.
Pastors no longer automatically hold positions of community influence. But they can -- and should -- earn a place in their communities by participating in them, says pastor and author Nelson Granade.
Applications Open for the 2023 Reflective Leadership Grant
This grant program is for leaders who are ready to design the next chapter in their ministry. We welcome applicants who serve in a range of leadership roles, from project director to senior administrator, and who are working in a variety of organizations, including denominations, seminaries, church-related colleges, consultancies, congregations, Christian nonprofits, Christian social enterprises and others.
The application deadline is May 15, 2023.