Elder and Deacon Training

Leadership Development for Elders and Deacons is a process that will result in transformed churches, engaged missional leadership and focused ministry.  Sessions in this training are designed to be offered in a retreat setting over 5-6 hours on the weekend.

CLC uses an in-ministry leadership development approach that integrates DOING, BEING, and KNOWING in the formation of the leader.

Session #1 will offer facilitated leadership training by utilizing two documents:   Leadership Development for Elder and Deacons by CLC, and the Leadership Development for Elder and Deacons by CLC:  Operations Booklet.  Session #1  can stand alone and functions as the essential beginning of leadership development for elders and deacons.  Session #1 will be open to a variety of churches in a local area.  Upon conclusion of  session #1, we will invite churches to continue the journey into sessions #2 and #3.

Sessions #2 and #3 build on the first session and are intended to actually move the leadership of a local church to implement one identified ministry or missional goal (start a church, begin a missional community, begins a leadership development process in your church, start a food distribution ministry, begin a new service, start a small group ministry, engage needs in the local neighborhood, etc).  Sessions #2 and #3 will include facilitated leadership as well as a mentor for the local church toward the goal of fulfilling one ministry or missional goal. Additional written material will be made available for Sessions #2 and #3.

All three sessions are part of the CLC leadership development process which includes four movements:  Assess, Plan, Implement, and Evaluate.



Retreat Session:
Teaching content 50%
Assessment 25%
Planning 25%

  • Biblical foundations and Practices of Church Leadership
  • A Missional Perspective and the Rhythm of Ministry
  • Ministry of Elders
  • Ministry of Deacons

Session open to elders, deacons, pastors, key leaders, and emerging leadership in churches. Open and recommended for multiple churches to be involved. For those churches that continue the journey, there will be assignments:  Identify with your church 3-5  S.M.A.R.T. goals, and choose one ministry/missional goal to begin working on by session



Retreat Session:
Teaching content 25%
Planning 25%
Implementation 50%

  • Identification of working values and S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Identification/review of mission statement of the church
  • Planning of and implementation of one ministry/mission goal
  • Strengthens  and challenges in the local church
  • Begin implementation of the one goal identified
  • Systems thinking

Session open to elders and deacons, pastors, and emerging leaders of one local church.
Homework for session #3: Finish planning and begin implementation work



Retreat Session:
Teaching content: 25%
Implementation of The Plan 50%
Evaluation and Next Steps:  25%

Implementation of the one ministry/mission goal

  • Systems thinking
  • Navigating change and change management
  • Evaluation
  • Identification of the next goal

Session open to elders, deacons, pastors, and emerging leaders of one local church


Outcome: Trained Leaders with the capacity to implement ministry/missional goals in the local church.

CLC Deliverables

  • Trained facilitator/s for each session (sessions 1-3)
  • Meeting with Pastor and/or keys leaders from the local church to discuss specific church goals or needs (this meeting to take place in person or via phone or video conference before Session #2 and #3)
  • Customization for each church for sessions 2-3
  • Facilitators to offer expertise in implementation of the one ministry/missional goal
  • Identification of volunteer mentor/s for each church (for sessions 2 and 3) Mentors to work with the local church in-between sessions
  • Training for mentors (for sessions 2 and 3)
  • Consultation with mentor between sessions (for sessions 2 and 3)
  • Course materials for each participant (Transmitted electronically–extra charge for printed copies)