Discipleship Ministries Board Authorizes Search Committee for New General Secretary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. March. 21, 2013 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The board of directors of the Discipleship Ministries has authorized a committee to search for a new General Secretary to replace Karen Greenwaldt, who will retire after 13 years on Dec. 31.

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Denver episcopal area, who chairs the board, will head the search committee, which will bring a candidate for election to Discipleship Ministries's October board meeting. The new General Secretary will assume the position on Jan. 1, 2014.

Greenwaldt, who is serving as the agency’s chief executive an additional year at the request of the board, announced her retirement in September. A clergy member of the Central Texas Conference, she joined Discipleship Ministries in 1981 and served as associate general secretary, administrator and team leader of the Discipleship Ministries division before becoming General Secretary on Jan. 1, 2001.

In other business, the board approved nine Curriculum Resources Committee proposals.

The Curriculum Resources Committee, a joint committee of Discipleship Ministries and United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH), reviews curriculum resource proposals.  Approved projects are then completed by UMPH. The approved proposals are:

  • For children: Cokesbury VBS 2014
  • For youth: The Book of Fidgets
  • For adults: Covenant Bible Study, Incarnation (first book in Belief Matters series), Thematic Studies for Advent and Lent (the first book in He Set His Face to Jerusalem series) and The Wesleyan Way
  • For multi-age: Abingdon VBS 2014, Dare to Dream and Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam

The new curriculum additions will be available for local congregations from Cokesbury, and more information can be found at

The board also agreed to complete the quadrennium's grant process for the Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) for 2009-2012. The grants are for projects that involve racial ethnic church members in the planning, leadership and decision-making in the areas of accountable discipleship, Christian education, curriculum resources, evangelism, family and life-span ministries, lay ministries, leadership development, spiritual formation, stewardship and worship. For more information, go to

Action by the board also created a Committee on Evaluation, which will evaluate the effectiveness of Discipleship Ministries as an agency. The committee will be chaired by the Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference and a board member.

The panel will bring its suggested evaluation plan for Discipleship Ministries to the August board meeting.

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