Connect with Jasmine Smothers: Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Ministry Teams
Fun Fact About Jasmine Smothers:
Photography was one of my favorite hobbies in high school and college. I’m now trying to relearn the art of photography in an effort to lift up my heart, mind and soul to see what God would have me see in the world.
What services does your position offer to local Churches?
My main priority is church consultation through leadership and visioning training. The most impactful and wide-reaching way we are doing this work is through the Next Faithful Steps Initiative (www.ngumc.org/nextsteps). The goal of this initiative is to partner with local churches to take the best of what the church has and partner it with a larger body of resources to achieve dynamic ministry in order to transform their church, community and world through Christ.
This position also helps congregations start new ministries; supports congregational development for black churches and multiethnic congregations; provides training for cross-racial, cross-cultural and intercultural competent ministry. Through the Connectional Ministries program teams, this position also resources the distribution of a number of grants (available here: www.ngumc.org/grants) to help churches reach their ministry goals as well.
What do you most enjoy about your role in Connectional Ministries?
For me, there is no greater joy in this role than when I get to collaborate with people - congregations and pastors - to implement their creative ideas so that they can help make disciples of Jesus Christ. I get to live out my Ephesians 4:12 call to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.”
What is your most important asset that you wish all churches knew about?
There is a poster on my wall of a pencil, used all the way down to the bottom- lead, eraser and all. It says, “now that we’ve exhausted all of the possibilities, let’s get started.” I will not stop until I know we have achieved the very best for the community and the church.
I really believe that the people of God can live out and live up to our expectation to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
I also bring a breadth of connection by knowing where to find the available resources and getting them to the people who need them.
How do people arrange to meet with you?
Email is the best – firstname.lastname@example.org
or Judy Bush (email@example.com
I also post a great deal of the resources that I find on Twitter: Find me @revjaz.
What are your top 5 recommended resources?
1.Ted Talks - www.ted.com
- videos full of great ideas
Start With These Favorites:
i. Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe and How Great Leaders Inspire Action
ii. Malcolm Gladwell: The Unheard Story of David and Goliath
iii. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Danger of a Single Story
- PassionPlanner.com - helps focus people
- Ministry Library – www.ministrylibrary.com - Videos of Leadership Books for Church Leaders (contact me for a special discount)
- The Lewis Center for Church Leadership – www.churchleadership.com
- Not Safe for Church: 10 Commandments for Reaching New Generations by F. Douglas Powe and Jasmine Rose Smothers