Encouraging, Challenging and Equipping Congregations to Thrive Spiritually and Be Apostles for Reconciliation

Encouraging, Challenging and Equipping Congregations to Thrive Spiritually and Be Apostles for Reconciliation

Lay Leaders

Elders 

The Commission on Spiritual Leader Development offers a variety of workshops and training events to resource ruling elders. Resources are available on topics such as: 

-Spiritual Practices

-Discernment

-Preparing a sermon

-Leading small groups 

For more information about resources and upcoming events, contact the Associate for Spiritual Leader Development, Debbie Schmidt:

Commissioned Pastors

Elders who would like to receive further training in order to serve as commissioned pastors can find help through the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development and our partnership with St. Mary’s University Ecumenical Institute (EI). The EI can provide several classes that fulfill the requirements for Commissioned Pastor training (as spelled out in the handbook available through the Commission on Preparation for Ministry, CPM). Partial scholarships for classes are available through SLD. [SLD Scholarship application]

 Deacons and Congregational Caregivers 

Resources and training events for deacons and congregational caregivers are available through the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development. Past events have included: 

-Praying with others

-Becoming a Caring Congregation

-Soul Shop: Learning to talk about suicide in your congregation in a way that removes the stigma and helps people feel safe seeking help 

For more information about resources and upcoming events, contact the Associate for Spiritual Leader Development, Debbie Schmidt:

 Church Educators

Church Educators gather monthly for a brown bag lunch at different churches to share ideas and support one another in ministry. The group is open to both professional and volunteer educators. For information about times and locations, contact the Associate for Spiritual Leader Development, Debbie Schmidt: .

 Church Educator Facebook page

 Church Educators share information and ideas on a closed Facebook page. To join the group, send a request to Baltimore Presbytery Christian Educators.

 Annual Retreat

 The Christian Educators gather annually for a 24-hour retreat in the early fall. The retreat is open to both professional and volunteer educators. For more information

 contact the Associate for Spiritual Leader Development, Debbie Schmidt:  

Scholarships

 Scholarships are available for conferences and training events for lay leaders through the Spiritual Leader Development Commission. For more information about resources and upcoming events, contact the Associate for Spiritual Leader Development, Debbie Schmidt: