Pastor-Leader Training

Published on Dec 2nd, 2021 by wpd-office | 0

SAVE THE DATE: February 10-11, 2023

Due to scheduling conflicts, the anticipated virtual retreat kick-off event using The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are as a resource did not materialize. The good news? Stan Dueck (co-coordinator of the Discipleship Ministries of the Church of the Brethren) will be with us at the Heartland Center for Spirituality for training of pastors and lay leaders.

Arrive as early as Thursday (2/9) supper at 5:45 pm and stay as late as Sunday (2/12) breakfast to take advantage of the opportunity for refreshing personal time in addition to stimulating and inspiring training sessions.

In the meantime, all pastors and leaders who intend to participate in this initiative are encouraged to order (and read!) a copy of the book, and the district will reimburse you for the cost. Just send yoThe Gospel Next Doorur receipt to the district office (See There are also a limited number of copies available through the district office.

Following the February, 2023 retreat, there will be opportunities for leaders to participate in

  • Six 1-hour sessions led by Randy focused on leading a congregation into change, including skills around transformation and approaching the congregation as a system.
  • Working with the DnA Team on training congregational leadership and their pastors to practice Jesus living in their neighborhood; putting concepts into practice (ex., How to prepare a congregation for doing this? Is the congregation ready? Skill-building: evangelism; connecting to the neighborhood).
  • CEUs will be offered for every facet, including the reading! The goal is for ministers who participate in all aspects to have earned enough CEUs for the next 5-year ordination review, in addition to Ethics.

Each component will include Bible reflection and opportunity to integrate learnings between sessions. Of course, engaging all the way through has the greatest potential for impact, but folks can plug in anywhere along the way.

Contact Randy Yoder ( or the district office ( with any questions.

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