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Next Thrive! Congregation Leader Training opportunity set for January 21st

Next Thrive! Congregation Leader Training opportunity set for January 21st

If your Congregation Leader' ­– the person appointed to lead your Thrive! campaign – has not yet received training, here is your opportunity to remedy it.

The next Congregation Leader training will be held:

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

Because campaign Manuals, brochures, bulletin inserts, and other printed Thrive! materials will be distributed during the training, advance registration is requested so that we may have enough materials available for your congregation.

To register, email with:

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. As of December 31st, over $370,000 has been committed to the Thrive! campaign from 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).

We are deeply grateful 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:

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

I was blessed to attend the Thrive! Effective Congregation Council Training this past fall.  I was not sure what to expect.  I knew going in that my home church could always improve, but how? I was blown away by how informative and relevant the concepts were for my professional and church worlds. My time at the training flew by so quickly. I wanted to know more and could have stayed longer to learn more. I have come to embrace these adaptive leadership concepts and skills and am applying them as I walk with my church in forming our new “Vision Council”. 

Loving in Christ,

Alissa Yakali, Council President, Trinity Lutheran, Marysville


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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