Equipping ELCA leaders for a changing world.

Equipping ELCA leaders for a changing world.

The Thriving Leadership Formation program brings pastors, deacons and other ELCA leaders together in person and online to cultivate skills and networks of trust, support, spiritual practice and accountability.

This program will offer church leaders:

  • Spaces to be brave, learn, grow and experiment in their ministries
  • Practical skills that deepen engagement with congregations and communities
  • Meaningful relationships with wise colleagues to guide one another through leadership challenges, especially during transitions in life and ministry.

Thriving Leadership Formation seeks to foster relational, creative, Spirit-led, compassionate forms of ministry that are deeply responsive to local communities.  

Participants will work in small groups that encourage and equip leaders to live out their faith in ways that make a difference in the world. Session content will focus on spiritual resources, leadership skills, competencies and tools for thriving in the practice of ministry.

Opportunities to walk with mentors and coaches enable participants to attend to their own spiritual lives, to the guidance of the Spirit, and to voices, gifts and needs within their communities.


In the News


This program seeks to build connections across congregations, cities, counties, synods and regions, and I truly believe the only way the church will adapt and change successfully is if we seek to do that together.

Bishop R. Guy Erwin
Southwest California Synod