Empowering leaders and preventing childhood sexual abuse are among the leadership development workshops being offered during 2023 by the Synod of the Covenant.

The Synod’s overarching theme is “In our Synod, we’ll try anything to equip leaders who attend to God’s creative, emerging future.”

Working toward that goal, the Synod is offering the following programs. Unless noted, there is no direct cost for participants to attend a program. The costs are covered through a partnership between the Synod of the Covenant and its 11 member presbyteries.

The Leader’s Table

This four-part series is meant to empower pastors and other church leaders to think differently about Christian ministry in our rapidly and constantly changing world. To understand how to lead now, participants will dig into how God’s story for the world works itself out in time of huge disruption. More importantly, this work must be done together in Christian community to discern God’s call.

An introductory webinar will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Click here to register for the introductory webinar. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with link details.

Cohorts of 12 participants will meet online September 13 and 27 and October 11 and 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration for these sessions will be available soon. (Participants can register for the cohort programs even if they do not attend the introductory webinar.) Cohort participants are asked to pay $50.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Participants in this training, offered through a partnership with LeaderWise, will learn healthy ways to talk about abuse in the communities they serve, tools to assess current environmental risk factors, and ways to respond in faithful and ethical ways if abuse is discovered in their context. The training is for both teaching and ruling elders and satisfies the requirement for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training discussed at the 225th General Assembly (2022).

Online sessions will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, September 11 and Thursday, September 14, 2023. Register for the course online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with link details.

Boundary Training

Two more sessions of boundary training will be offered during 2023.

The training will be offered online:

  • Monday and Tuesday, October 2-3, 2023 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Register here.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7-8, 2023 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Register here.

Completing this course fulfills the Presbytery of Lake Michigan Sexual Misconduct Policy mandate that all teaching elders active in ministry within the bounds of the presbytery complete boundaries and ethics training. This mandate applies to all teaching elders actively serving in congregations or validated ministry, including members-at-large, honorably retired members, Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) and Christian Educators (CCEs). Participants must attend both sessions to receive credit for completing the program and must submit a copy of their course completion certificate to office@lakemichignapresbytery.org for the presbytery files.