Leadership Development Workshops

As a Matthew 25 Synod, we are working with presbyteries for congregational vitality in all of our churches.  One aspect of congregational vitality is servant leadership.  To support church leaders, whether pastors or elders, the Synod is providing several leadership development workshops through LeaderWise in 2021.  This Christian organization focuses on training and equipping church leaders in congregations and other ministries.

Healthy Conflict, Healthy Church

Conflict abounds in church today. That’s not the problem, since no significant change happens without conflict. The problem arises in people’s inability to engage in healthy conflict. In this program, each participant will take the TKI (Thomas-Killman Conflict Mode Instrument) assessment, and then attend a ½ day workshop led by one LeaderWise staff person. In this Zoom workshop, we will explore the difference between healthy and dysfunctional conflict, learn about different conflict styles and when to use each, and explore one’s own strengths and opportunities for improving how they step into conflict.

Costs:  The costs for this workshop are fully covered by participating presbyteries and the Synod, but each TKI assessment has a cost per person of $35.  Please check with your presbytery staff to see how they might be subsidizing that cost.

Date:  Wednesday Sept 29, 2021, 9:00 – 12:00 Eastern time by Zoom

Registration Deadline: Sept 8, 20021

Training for Committees on Ministry and Committees on Preparation for Ministry

This content of this workshop by Zoom will be developed in conjunction with participating presbyteries and LeaderWise staff, to be sure that specific needs and concerns are met among leaders serving on these two vital teams.

Costs:  The costs for this workshop are fully covered by participating presbyteries and the Synod.

Date:  October 13, 2021, 9:00 – 11:30 Eastern time by Zoom

Boundaries Training

This boundaries training focuses on strategies to foster mental health, emotional resiliency, and well-being. While the essentials will still be covered, the best prevention is to encourage church leaders to take steps to manage their stress in order to maintain balance and perspective when temptation arises.

The Synod of the Covenant is sponsoring 3 Zoom boundaries trainings over the course of 2021. Each training will be 5 hours online via zoom, 2.5 hours each day for 2 consecutive days. Sign up for whichever one fits best into your schedule. (5 CEUs will be granted upon completion of the program.)

There is no cost for this training; participating presbyteries and the Synod are fully providing this experience for you.

May 18 and 19, 2021
10:00 am -12:30 pm Eastern each day

Registration Deadline 5/5/21

*This Session Primarily For Pastors/Teaching Elders/Commissioned Ruling Elders

August 18 and 19, 2021
6:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern each day

Registration Deadline 8/5/21

This session primarily for volunteer church leaders (e.g., ruling elders, youth/children ministry volunteers, personnel committee members, deacons, etc.)

November 9 and 10, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern each day

Registration Deadline 10/27/21

This Session Primarily For Pastors/Teaching Elders/Commissioned Ruling Elders

Past Workshops

Racial Justice Training

In this day and age, we can’t afford to ignore the impact racism has had on our country and in our churches. Each of us needs to do our own work. In this program, each participant will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), which is the premier assessment of cross-cultural acumen, have a 1:1 debrief with a LeaderWise psychologist, and then participate in a ½ day workshop for the group led by 2 LeaderWise staff members who are certified to administer and teach the IDI. During this Zoom workshop, participants will learn more deeply about cross-cultural competence; constructions in in diversity, equity, and inclusion; reflect on their own opportunities for increasing competence; and begin to create their own development plan for increasing their competence.

Costs:  The costs for the workshop are fully covered by participating presbyteries and the Synod, but each Intercultural Development Inventory has a cost per person for the individualized debrief. The cost for a one-half hour debrief is $150; please check with your presbytery staff to see how they might be subsidizing that cost.  An additional half hour debrief, for a total of 1 hour, costs an additional $70.  The Synod will subsidize this additional cost for the first 60 people who sign up for this seminar.

Dates to Keep in Mind
May 21, 2021: Participants must have completed the IDI (link sent to participant on or before May 15, or as soon as possible if the participant signs up after 5/15/21)

May 26, 2021, 1:30 to 4:30 Eastern Time by Zoom

By June 30, 2021:  All IDI Debriefs will be completed (to be scheduled soon after 5/26/21 workshop)

Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the key to successful leadership in this day and age. EI is core to being an adaptive leader, is foundational to being resilient, and is required to effectively manage conflict. In this Zoom workshop, each participant will take the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0, and then attend a full-day workshop led by two LeaderWise staff members. In the workshop, participants will explore their own strengths and opportunities for growth from the lens of emotional intelligence, and will create an action plan for practicing new ways of being.

Costs: The costs for this workshop are fully covered by participating presbyteries and the Synod, but each Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 has a cost per person of $115. Eastminster Presbytery is fully subsidizing this expense; Detroit, Lake Michigan, and Miami Valley Presbyteries might also be offering a subsidy. Members of these presbyteries should contact their presbytery leaders to learn more. The other presbyteries throughout the Synod are not offering subsidies for the EQI 2.0.

Keep these dates in mind:

  • Registration Closed at Noon on 6/11 (so please advertise ASAP)
  • By 6/14 LeaderWise will send the link for participants to complete the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 (EQI)
  • 6/17 all EQI’s must be submitted by participants
  • 6/18 Participants will receive EQI results and zoom link
  • 6/24 Workshop 9:00 to 3:00 ET, by Zoom

Questions?  Contact Interim Executive Chip Hardwick at 309-530-4578 or chip@synodofthecovenant.org.