Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Connectional Table Seeks New Executive Secretary

(DALLAS, Texas) --   Leadership of the Connectional Table (CT) of The United Methodist Church announced today that they are now seeking candidates for the position of Executive Secretary.  Bishop Bruce Ough, incoming chairperson, and Bishop John Hopkins, the presiding chairperson, say the position is critical to the work of the CT.

“We seek a candidate with demonstrated adaptive leadership skills, proven executive and administrative experience and a deep love for God lived out through The United Methodist Church,” says Bishop John Hopkins, outgoing chair of the CT. Bishop Hopkins, in consultation with Bishop Ough, plans to name a search committee by September 30 to assist in identifying the most qualified candidates.

The CT was established in 2004 to oversee the coordination of mission, ministries and resources across the denomination.   It includes 47 members who are elected from U.S. jurisdictional and overseas conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe and are composed of: clergy and lay representatives; a bishop selected by the Council of Bishops; general agency top executives and most presidents; one youth and one young adult from the Board of Discipleship’s Division on Ministries with Young People; and members from the denomination’s racial and ethnic caucuses.

The Executive Secretary is responsible for providing administrative leadership to the CT.  The candidate will coordinate the work of the Table in collaboration with the chairperson.“This position requires someone with a strong working knowledge of The United Methodist Church and they must demonstrate a high capacity for networking in a global context,” said Bishop Bruce Ough.

The General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits is assisting the CT with the executive search process.  Qualified candidates should submit resumes electronically to Mary Figueredo via email at mfigueredo@gbophb.org.  Resumes will be received through Oct. 15, 2012.  Click here to download the job description (PDF).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mary Brooke Casad Resigns as Connectional Table Executive Secretary

(DALLAS, Texas) -- Bishop John L. Hopkins announced today that Mary Brooke Casad has submitted her resignation as the Executive Secretary of The United Methodist Church’s Connectional Table (CT).  Casad has provided administrative leadership to the CT since 2007. The CT is comprised of United Methodist bishops, heads of general boards and agencies, and lay and clergypersons representing all areas of the global denomination.

“Mary Brooke's life and leadership expresses the fruit of the Holy Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Her leadership of the Connectional Table has enabled our church to take giant steps in dealing with current realities while envisioning a future with hope that comes from a deep faith in Jesus Christ. She has given servant leadership by providing radical hospitality and seeking unity in diversity around the Connectional Table that is responsible for the vision and stewardship of the mission, ministries and resources of our Church ,” said Hopkins, chairperson of the CT.

In a statement, Casad says she feels privileged for the opportunity to serve the CT. “As our denomination has taken on the adaptive challenge of creating, fostering and sustaining vital congregations, I have been prayerfully contemplating my role in this endeavor. My resignation is based on a desire to be more engaged with my local church and community, and be a full ministry partner with my husband in his role as pastor.”

Casad has relocated to McKinney, Texas with her husband, the Rev. Victor Casad, who was appointed to Stonebridge United Methodist Church in July 2011. In addition to supporting the ministry there, she says she plans to focus on writing. Casad is a well-known author of children’s books developed around the character of “Bluebonnet,” a Texas-born armadillo.

Bishop Bruce Ough, incoming CT Chair, said that Casad will remain on staff until a new executive secretary for the CT is elected. Casad will assist with the January 2013 organizational meeting of the 2013-16 CT. Details about the search process will be announced next week.