Program Modules

Goals of the Grant:

  • ELCA Leaders experience spiritual renewal
  • Embody new spiritual practices (Sabbath, prayer, discernment, spiritual direction)
  • Learn new leadership skills (including but not limited to conflict management, social
    entrepreneurship, community organizing techniques, emotional intelligence assessments,
    cultural competency, financial management skills, fundraising techniques, marketing
    skills, strategic planning, organizational development, social media systems, )
  • Form new friendships, new spiritual community
  • Form strong relationships with ministers/coaches who will guide them in developing
    ministry skills/approaches that are relevant and effective for the current age
  • Develop relevant, innovative, responsive forms of outreach to the wider (and more
    diverse) community
  • Heal loneliness and burnout
  • Revive local congregations and stem the tide of decline

The expense of travel to meet with our colleagues in the lower 48 makes most continuing education prohibitive. Building a network of spiritual directors who are available by Skype/Facetime will be a benefit to Alaskans.

Bishop Shelley Wickstrom, Alaska Synod