Seeking New Directions [Capable Leaders]
In recent years Synod has organized workshops and training for both lay leaders and rostered ministers. Leadership for Healthy Congrega¬tions and Treasurers’ workshops were held across the Synod. Church administrators were invited to Synod office for day long workshops and Rostered Ministers to a two-day practicum that provided tools to encourage generous giv¬ing. The Apple Tree workshop which focuses on mission and congregational assets, has been done so far in seven out of seventeen Minis¬try Areas. It is still available for 2018 for those who are interested.
The newest training event is a Communication workshop led by Mirko Petricevic, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. This workshop debuted last February in Nova Scotia and was greatly appreciated by those in attendance. Mirko gave valuable tips for communication and “had us think like a journalist”, Rev. Dr. Kimberlynn McNabb said in her feedback.
Seeking Connections [Effective partnerships]
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is our extended hand to the world. Although benevolence offerings are not used to sup¬port CLWR directly, we encourage congre¬gations and individuals to give generously to help this ministry. Not only do Synod staff process congregational offerings designated for CLWR, last April they spent a day as volunteers packing donations for refugees in Tanzania.