While membership in the United Methodist Church has been on the decline, looking at the numbers is not the solution, she said.
"We have a God of abundance," she said. "We are called to be a people of good news. Even in tragic situations, God is there."
She said the focus must be on what can be accomplished along with planning and action.
"If we get caught up in the numbers we fail to put our energy into going out and building relationships," she said. "How many people are we reaching in the community? Where has the church been in crisis situations?"
She said it is crucial to study the scriptures and apply them to life.
"We need to be transformed ourselves and realize we have not yet arrived," she said. "We need to be life-long learners.
"The church needs to stand on the watch tower and know the community," she said. "If we are doing what we were doing 25 years ago we are not connecting."
She is married to the Rev. Barry D. Ball, who is chaplain with the Air Force Reserve in Dover, Del., and also works for the Department of Natural Resources in Maryland. He now has a one-room apartment on the West Virginia/Maryland border and is checking out positions in the Mountain State. She is living in Scott Depot and has an office in Charleston.
"He is very supportive of my ministry," she said. "He loves the chaplaincy and is a certified interim minister. He is great in the midst of crisis. He can offer love, help, direction and stabilize congregations."
They have two daughters. Sarah, 23, is working on a master's at High Point University where Becky, 18, is a sophomore.
Ball likes to unwind by reading things not related to work. These are usually books recommended by her daughters.
She also enjoys walking, listening to music, and taking beach vacations. She plays Scrabble by computer each week with her mother and her sister, Karen Steiner, of Austin, Texas. Her parents still live in Delaware. Her brother, Mark, is deceased.
She will be spending a great deal of time traveling to meet various congregations within the conference and will probably present a couple of sermons each month.
However, she also likes to attend churches where she can be somewhat anonymous.
"I try to worship regularly with a church that is not United Methodist," she said. "I'm not on. I can just be me and worship."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.