LEAD: Living every day as disciples

Our synod is investing in Christian leadership formation for the sake of the church’s future. Aware of the reality of the church’s struggle, we believe God is calling us to a more exciting, vibrant future. We know that God uses people to carry the faith forward and it is time for us to be proactive. Think of LEAD and the bishop’s office as good dance partners—or two sides of a coin—working together for the purpose of deepening faith, equipping leaders, resourcing congregations, and serving the world.

LEAD LogoWe believe that 100% of congregations can grow in deeper, bolder, more consequential faith with leaders who are committed to deepening their own spiritual lives, expanding their thinking, learning from others and testing new ideas. But where do you start? LEAD will curate the best practices for Christian leadership within our theological and historical traditions. “Living every day as disciples” invites every one of us to deepen our faith one day at a time, living a life of Christian pilgrimage.

Mission – Growing leaders with deep, bold, consequential faith in Jesus Christ.
Vision – Leaders growing ministries and faith communities to serve the world, living every day as disciples.
Strategy – To resource people in practicing discipleship that loves God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loves our neighbors as ourselves.

  • Professional leaders who influence congregations each day
  • Baptized leaders who are the engine of a faith community
  • Student leaders who are teaching us about the changing world in which we live and have passion to make a difference

LEAD dreams of…

faith communities growing, attracting people of all ages and cultures as they make a difference in their own neighborhood and in the world.
a movement of Christian leaders on their faith pilgrimage, trying to live a little more like Jesus each day.
embodying Jesus’ words to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:29-31)
faith communities filled with leaders living out a deep, bold consequential faith in Jesus Christ.

LEAD’s Visuals

LEAD uses symbols and colors to identify each of the four areas in the Disciple FrameLEAD Disciple Frame

Loving God with all our heart – (καρδίας) moves us into liminal space, opening us to passions and relationships that seek mercy, justice and hope for ourselves and for all people through pilgrimages.  These intentional departures from daily life grow a larger view of God. This is experienced through local and international immersion trips.

Loving God with all our soul – (ψυχῆς) inspires us to see everything as sacred, to make space for our emotions and feelings, and to focus on our spiritual life through prayer and quiet time that bring us back to God. This is experienced as we gather for worship, experience faith practices and participate in covenant groups.

Loving God with all your mind – (διανοίας) calls us to use our intelligence and imagination to study, to question and to critically reflect as we listen to others and attend to our relationship with God. This is expressed through seminars, one-day events, online learning and training experiences.

Loving God with all your strength – (ἰσχύος) encourages us to care for our own bodies and to share resources, wisdom, tools and knowledge with each other. This is expressed through coaching, community and networking of resources.

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
Albert Einstein