Leadership Development

The Art of Transitional Leadership
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies will annually host "The Art of Transitional Leadership" to provide ministry skills training for today's and tomorrow's church pastors, staff, committees on ministry and congregational leaders. [IMAGE]This full-week session provides 30 hours of training that meets the requirements for Week I Transitional Ministry Education. The second session provides training for ruling elders and other congregational leaders, focusing on their roles in congregations in times of ministry transitions. Details for the September 2020 event will be available in early 2020. transitions. 

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 
Brochure
or at The Academy website. 

Information and registration links for the next two Academy classes can be found in these brochures:Worship and Sacraments and Engaging Leaders.