Leadership Development

We provide continuing education and professional advancement opportunities for both rostered and lay leaders.

Rostered ministers are invited to participate in the annual Bishop’s Convocation, held each fall. Each event focuses on a key topic in church leadership. Recent topics have included Beloved Community, interfaith relations, Going Beyond the Walls, Generations of Generosity, and more. Speakers and presenters have included Barbara Lundblad, Pub Theology author Bryan Berghoef, Phyllis Tickle, Leonard Sweet, and Mike Foss.

Our Synod is a partner in a pilot, Lilly Foundation-funded program of Leadership for Faithful Innovation involving pastors from SEPA and the New Jersey Synod, facilitated by experts from Luther Seminary.

We also facilitate a cohort of practice exploring Cross+Gen (cross-generational) faith formation. The Synod and several congregations have published case studies of their Cross+Gen programs.

The Diakonia(TM) Program provides practical and theological training for lay leaders who want to be of greater service in (and beyond) their congregations.