Pastors provide leadership in many ways as they shepherd God’s people. Besides being the congregation’s spiritual leader, pastors plan, organize, coordinate, and train others. They also assist the congregation in setting a vision and carrying it out. Various agencies provide opportunities for WELS pastors to grow in their various leadership skills. Read about opportunities for growth in pastoral leadership.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary provides a variety of ways for pastors to grow as leaders. Courses addressing aspects of leadership are available during the on-campus Summer Quarter, online, and locally through Pastor’s Institutes. Leadership MPT, taught by E. Allen Sorum, will be offered as a 1.5 credit course June 17 – 21 at WLS.
Additional leadership courses available include Pastoral Leadership; The Ministry and the Law of the Land, Pastoral Leadership: Planning, Organizing, and Working; and Pastoral Leadership for Challenging Times and Situations. For a complete listing of the seminary's leadership courses and their descriptions, visit the WLS Grow in Grace website.
Congregation and Ministry Support Group
CMSG units provide leadership training in various specially targeted areas. Some of these are detailed below.
The School of Outreach
…is provided by the WELS Commission on Evangelism and District Evangelism Commissions. The program serves congregations of WELS with planning, assistance, and resources for congregational evangelism programming and implementation of outreach strategies. Called workers and lay leaders of congregations attend two one-day sessions. Trained School of Outreach staffs assist these church leaders with developing or enhancing their congregations’ organization for evangelism, formation and implementation of outreach strategies, a program for managing their prospect lists, and training their membership in the principles of personal evangelism. More information is available on the Evangelism Website.
Schools of Worship Enrichment
These weekends sponsored by the Commission on Worship are not merely ministry training for pastors and musicians but also leadership training. Lay leaders are expected to attend along with pastors and musicians. The events help congregational leaders to see possibilities, to set priorities and goals, and to involve others in enriching that aspect of parish life that drives and enriches all others. Please see the SoWE Website for more information.
Youth Ministry Enhancement
The Commission of Youth and Family Ministry offers help to create a vision for youth ministry that will work in any congregation. The Youth Ministry Enhancement program (Y-Me) provides tools to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the youth ministry being done as well as ideas to help congregations improve ministry to their youth. For more information about Y-Me, contact your CYFM district coordinator. A roster and contact information is available at the CYFM Website.