Leadership Academy Events
to Equip & Develop Healthy Leaders

One of the Metro D.C. Synod’s priorities is to equip and develop healthy leaders – both rostered and lay leaders in our congregations. To do that, we have intentionally developed the Leadership Academy – an educational program with industry and theological experts that will equip, educate, and develop rostered ministers and lay leaders on various topics and ministry tools.

From developing new worship experiences to getting in the weeds of communication tools to better tell your story, you can expect to leave each academy session uplifted and empowered to serve in the capacity God is calling you.

Due to COVID-19, all Leadership Academy Events are being held on Zoom until further notice. 

Upcoming Sessions

from Previous Events

As we needed to pivot to online worship due to COVID-19, Katie Simbala and Kelly Champagne offer up suggestions to make your digital worship engaging as well as what technology is available to make your online worship better! 

Session Originally Presented on April 16, 2020

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GSB Partner, Rev. Mike Ward, CFRE offered a one-hour virtual opportunity to explore stewardship in uncertain times.

Session Originally Presented on April 23, 2020

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A conversation and sharing of insights about preaching the Good News during a crisis hosted by Pastor Lamar Bailey, (Director for Evangelical Mission, Metro, DC Synod) featuring Pastor Hank Langknecht, formerly Professor of Homiletics at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

Session Originally Presented on May 7, 2020

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This specific training, Council Leadership 101, addressed: new attendance reporting guidelines submitting online forms to the ELCA and Synod Office, and maintaining the Parish Register.

Session Originally Presented on May 14, 2020

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Julie Hamre, Synod Treasurer, presents the three areas of Financial Management that church leadership should be monitoring. 

Session Originally Presented on May 28, 2020

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Council Leadership 103: Congregational Constitutions and Council Member Responsibilities was presented by Kevin Anderson, Synod Council Secretary and William Tuttle, Synod Attorney. 

Session Originally Presented on June 11, 2020

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Rev. Dr. Karis Graham  and Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson-Reinhold explore burn-out signals while offering resources and support for staying healthy in ministry.

Session Originally Presented on May 21, 2020

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Because this was a paid offering, the resources from this two-day session have not been made available to the general public. 

Pastor Sarah S. Scherschligt and Don Craig present why Lutherans care for creation, how climate change is related to racial justice, and practical steps congregations and individuals can take.

Session Originally Presented on June 26, 2020.

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In July of 2020, a racial equity series was presented online including three industry-leading speakers, Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Dr. Ulysses Burley and Rozella H. White. Topics such as Lutheran Theology and African religion, public health and the COVID criss as well as community leadership were discussed. 

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Abigail Visco Rusert and Carmelle Beaugelin of Princeton Theological Seminary led a youth and family ministry focused workshop where we explore the role of rest and resilience in ministry, using theological reflection and hands-on processes​.

Session Originally Presented on October 15, 2020.

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Rev. Karis Graham and Alyssa  Prinzivalli discuss the anguish and isolation familiar to those who have contemplated suicide and have experienced the mental and emotional pain of mental illness. Many resources are also shared. 

Session Originally Presented on October 22, 2020. 

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As faith leaders, we have a unique and important role to play in helping strengthen democracy, caring for our congregants, serving as sources of trustworthy information and strengthening the communities we are part of by preparing for potential unrest. ​

Session Originally Presented on October 29, 2020

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Andrew Steele of LIRS and Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills of the North Carolina Synod, presented a 90-minute session titled “Transforming Generosity Through Storytelling”.

  • Learn why sharing our stories is important and impactful
  • Practice sharing a story in a small group guided by proven methods from our speakers
  • Shift your mindset from transactional giving to the transformational joy of generosity

Session Originally Presented on April 22, 2021

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Whether you call it a budget or mission spending plan, a mission spending plan can be a powerful ministry tool – it can tell the story of God’s work in your congregation and community.

Session Originally Presented on August 26, 2021. 

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