Perspectives on Wesleyan Leadership


The following excerpts on church leadership come from the wonderful resource Leadership the Wesleyan Way, edited by Dr. Aaron Perry.

In the same way, there is little, if any, originality in the basic components of Wesley’s leadership model. What made his leadership unique for his time was simply the fact that he put his passion into action. His leadership did not flourish because he followed a set of leadership principles; it flourished because he followed the dynamic repercussions of Aldersgate. (Daniel L. Burnett, DMin “The Leadership of John Wesley”)

Wesleyan spiritual formation is ecclesial formation. Wesleyans will help disciples face the second half of life by connecting everyone to the church early on in life. Any form of spirituality that remains disengaged from congregational life and practice (Wesley’s “means of grace“ which were originally configured communally) may actually hinder persons from maturing spiritually in the second half of life. (Robert Moore-Jumonville, PhD “A Wesleyan Sacramental Spirituality of Leadership”)

The most effective leaders that we have worked with are those who not only have the courage to go first, but also the courage and sacrificial character that urges them to pay attention to what is happening inside and around them, and to the needs of their followers. (Rob McKenna, PhD & Amy Nagley, PhD, “Leading Well Under Pressure”)


Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry and Pastoral Care at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Heather, have three children. Aaron is the author of Putting the Plot Back in Preaching (Seedbed), co-author with Tim Perry of He Ascended into Heaven (Paraclete Press) and editor of Developing Ears to Hear (Emeth Press). Aaron completed his PhD in Organizational Leadership (Regent University). Follow him on Twitter @aaronhmperry