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, In 2021, the Synod is providing several leadership development workshops through LeaderWise.  It’s a a Christian organization focused on training and equipping church leaders in congregations and other ministries.

The Synod is covering two-thirds of the cost of each training.  Check with your presbytery to see if they are covering the rest of the costs, or plan for you to share in them.  Note:  the Synod is not contributing toward the cost of the individual assessments for the racial justice, emotional intelligence, or conflict management trainings; please be sure to contact your presbytery about any help in paying for these instruments.

So far dates have been set for Boundaries Training.  It will be offered in two two-and-one-half hour training sessions on successive days. The dates are as follows:  May 18-19 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm both days; August 18-19 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm both days; and November 9-10 from 10:00 to 12:30 both days).  The examples used by the facilitators in May and November will be more targeted toward pastors/teaching elders, and in August, toward ruling elders, though participants are welcome to attend whichever pair of sessions is best for them.

The dates have not yet been set for the following trainings:

  • Racial Justice Training (including the $150 Intercultural Development Inventory for each participant)
  • Emotional Intelligence (including the $115 Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 Leadership Assessment for each participant)
  • Conflict Management (including the $35 Thomas-Killman Conflict Mode Instrument for each participant)
  • Committee on Ministry and Committee on the Preparation for Ministry Training
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Registration for these events will be available by the end of March.  Questions?  Contact Interim Executive Chip Hardwick at 309-530-4578 or