Presented By: Kim Shockley


Growing Spiritual Transformational Leaders is a new emphasis for the Susquehanna Conference.  This workshop will define and help the participants understand the work of spiritual transformational leaders in the local church so that disciples are made and communities are transformed.


Bio: Kim Shockley holds degrees in Christian Education and has been trained in several venues as a ministry and leadership coach for pastors and lay leadership teams. She has worked for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference as the Media Resource Director and the Florida Annual Conference as the East Central District (Orlando area) Congregational Excellence specialist. She served the denomination as the Team Leader for a research project called Toward Vitality, the Western North Carolina Annual Conference as the Church Vitality Strategist for the Catawba Valley District, and currently the Coordinator of Pathways for Spiritual Leadership for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Kim is married to Gary A Shockley and they wrote Imagining Church: Seeing Hope in a World of Change for Alban Institute in 2009. They have worked, unofficially, as ministry partners starting two new congregations for the United Methodist Church. In 2013 Kim and Paul Nixon published The Surprise Factor for Abingdon Press. The book highlights ten strategies (intentional decisions) that are helpful for leading fruitful and vital congregations, mostly gleaned from the Toward Vitality research.

As a ministry coach, facilitator and consultant, Kim’s specialties include working with pastors in turn-around congregations. She encourages pastors and lay leadership teams to promote making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world as the focus for their work. Much of this work is accomplished by paying attention to obstacles, working to overcome the obstacles, and holding congregations accountable to Christian behavior.