To share God's love with all.
To pursue the lost &
share the good news
of God's love,
that all may know
and celebrate this love.
To help persons & churches
grow in their faith,
that they may share
God's love with others.
Mary J. Scifres is an expert in 21st century leadership, visioning, worship, and church growth. Having served churches as both lead pastor and musician, and trained in both corporate management and church leadership, Mary brings a uniquely integrated perspective and a diverse understanding of both changing culture and organizational development to her ministry of teaching and consulting for 21st century leaders. Connecting church and culture is Mary's passion as she helps people discover new ways to serve the world and helps 21st century leaders deepen their faith as they discover purpose and passion for their work.
As a consultant, coach, and visionary, Mary has guided conferences, churches, and organizations from Massachusetts to Michigan to Texas to California. Having pastored churches on both coasts and the midwest while also serving as an author and editor for The United Methodist Publishing House from her home in Laguna Beach, California, Mary brings a broad perspective of this great nation and its leaders.
Scifres graduated from Boston University with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Music after completing her Bachelor’s of Arts at the University of Indianapolis. She has also pursued post-graduate work in leadership, demographics, and church growth at Southern Methodist University and has trained in business and change management techniques under the tutelage of business leaders from Microsoft, Nordstrom, & Boeing.
As a writer for Abingdon Press, Rev. Scifres is author of Searching for Seekers: Ministry With a New Generation of the Unchurched and Just in Time! Special Services. Co-author of annual publications Prepare! and The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, Mary also writes and edits The Abingdon Worship Annual with her husband B. J. Beu. She also pens several on-line worship and church growth resources each month.
Email Mary for workshops, consulting, motivational speaking, leadership support, or commissioning an article or book.
Read Mary’s complete resume here.