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Thrive! Congregation Leader Training Scheduled for January 21st

Here is the next opportunity to get your 'Congregation Leader' trained to lead your Thrive! campaign:

Tuesday, January 21st
All Saints Lutheran Church
6770 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Training of a Congregation Leader is necessary for any congregation planning to be part of the Thrive! Mission Campaign.

Advance registration is requested! Campaign Manuals, brochures, bulletin inserts, and other printed Thrive! materials will be distributed during the training, so we need to know if you are coming in order to have enough materials available for your congregation.

To register, email with:

  • the name and address of your congregation, and;
  • contact information for the Congregation Leader (address; email address; preferred phone #) and any others who will be attending

Note: Pastors and Stewardship Teams are also encouraged to attend so that they can receive the stewardship training provided for this effort and use the knowledge for future special needs and/or stewardship campaigns of the congregation.



Over 110 Congregation Leaders from 50 congregations across the Synod have already been trained to conduct their Thrive! campaigns, and over $370,000 has been committed by individuals and congregations across the Synod. Their generous support is allowing us to proceed with some initiatives of the campaign, such as another Effective Congregation Council training taking place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on February 21st at Epiphany Lutheran, Dayton (see below).

Thanks to all who are committing to help our congregations and Synod thrive! Please watch for other training opportunities to be announced.


“Effective Congregation Council” Training Returns

Generous advance gifts to the Thrive! campaign and a strong commitment to fulfilling the Synod’s vision are allowing us to move forward now in implementing some campaign initiatives, such as the return engagement of:

Effective Congregation Council Training

February 18th
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Centerville
6430 Far Hills Ave, Dayton
7:00 -9:00 p.m.

The goal is that Council members reflect on their time of service on the Council as the highlight of their service to the church. This workshop can help lead to an effective council that positions the church to thrive in today’s world.

Who Should Attend?

Council members, pastors and other church leaders should attend Effective Congregation Council training to increase skills in:

  • Developing and working from a strategic plan
  • Focusing on fiduciary, governance, and generative issues
  • Making the best use of time with consent agenda, a purpose for every meeting, and other tactics
  • Having the meeting itself be spiritually fulfilling
  • Leadership development

Here’s what one participant at the Worthington workshop said:

This past November, I attended the Effective Congregation Council training offered through the Thrive! campaign. Pr. Mike Ward, the presenter, was so very engaging and entertaining in his delivery. This training introduced to me a new view on the purpose and structure of Congregation Councils. It was an eye opener and gave me a fresh new perspective on our role as Council members and what we truly should be focused on. I strongly recommend that all who are able make the time to attend this training when available in your area. It will most definitely be worth your time. I even plan on attending again!

Dana Tegtmeyer
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Germantown


ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Send an email with the name, phone number, email address and leadership role (e.g. President; Council member) of each attendee to:

Workshop leader:

Mike Ward, CFRE—Partner with GSB Fundraising.  Mike is a 1997 graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and has served on the board of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network and on the ELCA Church Council.  Mike studies best practices of non-profit boards and applies those practices to congregation councils. His passion for this topic is related to his desire for organizations to thrive in their fundraising, and that without effective boards leading the organization, the funding of those organizations will naturally struggle.

Repeat Effective Congregation Council training events will be scheduled in other locations around the synod later this year. Please watch for news!



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