Leadership Development

The Art of Transitional Leadership
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies held a new event this fall -- "The Art of Transitional Leadership" -- that provided ministry skills training for today and tomorrow's church pastors, staff, committees on ministry and congregational leaders. [IMAGE]It was held at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota over September 16-20, and offered two tracks, one covering an introduction to transitional ministry that ran the full week, and another offering transformation training for church leaders that took place Wednesday through Friday of the week. The full-week session provided 30 hours of training that meets the requirements for Week I Transitional Ministry Education. The second session provided training for ruling elders and other congregational leaders, focusing on their roles in congregations in times of ministry transitions. Details can be found at "The Art of Transitional Leadership." 

Leadership Summit
(formerly known as the COM/CPM Leadership Conference)
The 2020 Leadership Summit will take place next spring. The synod will publicize information as it becomes available. Watch this page, and Keeping in Touch, for details.

The Academy
[IMAGE]The Academy, a series of 11 courses designed to develop well-equipped, thoughtful people to better serve councils in a variety of capacities, offers classes during Synod School at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Described as a unique, cohort-based learning community, The Academy offers participants an opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge, grow as a leader, and have more opportunities to serve God as needed. A new cohort begins each year at Synod School, while subsequent learning takes place in online and in-person settings. The Academy is a joint effort of and underwritten by the presbyteries of Minnesota Valleys, North Central Iowa and Prospect Hill, and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Details can be found in this printable Academy 
or at The Academy website.