California Lutheran University received a five-year grant to create the Thriving Leadership Formation Program. Working in partnership with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and 11 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the program will help pastors and church leaders strengthen specific practical leadership skills not learned in seminary while encouraging them to deepen their engagement with their congregations and communities. This effort will emphasize collaborative learning in cohorts (in person and online) that cultivate mutual support, practices, and accountability, and provide pastors and church leaders with mentoring, spiritual direction and coaching. To sustain this program, California Lutheran and its partner organizations will monetize mentoring and leadership development resources developed through the program and solicit financial support from its network of synods and congregations.
Thriving Leadership Formation
Thousand Oaks, California
Associate Pastors Bi-vocational/Multi-vocational/Part-time Church planters Early Career Ecumenical/Interdenominational Late Career Lay ecclesial ministers/Lay pastoral leaders (non-ordained) LGBTQ+ persons Men Mid-Career Millenials in ministry Multi-cultural contexts Multi-lingual context Rural Senior Pastors Suburban Urban Women