Leadership Academy Session #2 Congregational Council Retreat

We are excited to announce our second Metro D.C. Synod Leadership Academy event – Congregational Council Retreat. This retreat day has been specifically created to help Congregational Councils establish and reestablish their roles and responsibilities, specific duties, and learn effective meeting practices. Consider this a Council 101 (Re)Training.

Who Should Attend

Rostered ministers serving in congregational calls
Executive members of congregational councils (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer)
Other council members as pastors see their roles fitting into this training.


The cost is $25 per person for a full day of training including lunch and breaks.

What to Prepare

We ask participants to find, read, and bring their congregational constitution and bylaws, recent financial statement/budget, and any current policies.


Robert Tuttle | Synod Attorney and authority on church law
Kevin Anderson | Synod Secretary
Julie Hamre | Synod Treasurer
Rev. Kate Davidson | Pastor knowledgeable in youth policy best practices
Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold | Pastor and MetroDC Coaches Coordinator
Katharyn Wheeler | Admin. Assistant to the Bishop and Synod Admin Network Coordinator

DRAFT Agenda

9:00 AM            Registration

9:30 AM      Constitution/Bylaws (responsibilities, respective duties, conditions of employment, maintaining documents)

10:30 AM      Congregational Finances

11:00 AM     Break and Questions

11:30 AM    Maintaining the Parish Register and Submitting ELCA/Synod Forms

Noon     Youth Ministry Policies

12:30 PM       Lunch & Fellowship

1:30 PM         Effective Meeting Practices

2:00 PM         Metro DC Coaching Opportunities

2:30 PM         Q & A


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