Elder and Deacon Training

We have a proven, beneficial training seminar for church leaders, including lay and paid staff, and especially Elders and Deacons.


Our training includes:

  • Biblical foundations--reminders of how these leadership roles came into being and what God intended by them for God's people

  • Historical unfoldings--brief overview of the manner in which these leadership roles have come to richest expression within the church generally, and the Reformed tradition specifically

  • Current expectations--how these leadership roles are perceived in your congregational setting, along with an analysis of the manner in which they serve ministry developments

We do these things through an interactive assessment of existing understandings and priorities, combined with interspersed teachings, guided group conversations, and consensus-building exercises that help to set ministry direction. But the best part of our seminar is that we help your leadership team to set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timed (S.M.A.R.T.) goals for the 12-24 months into the future.

This dimension of our leadership training does at least two things:

  1. It helps the training "stick" because it is an integration of learning and doing

It energizes both the leadership team and the ministry community/congregation because actual ministry priorities are established and specific outcomes are planned, resourced, and given oversight

This training seminar works best in a 6-10 hour time commitment by your Elders, Deacons and other ministry leaders. It might involve a single Saturday, from 8-3 or so, or in a two part session such as a Friday night and Saturday morning, or a Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.

The first half is largely getting everyone on the same page, establishing foundations, engaging in ministry review, focusing working values and assumptions, and assessing current ministry strengths and needs.

The second half is largely interactive exercises in prioritizing next steps in ministry development, strategy sessions, and the creation of 2-4 S.M.A.R.T. goals for the following 12-24 months.

CLC has led these leadership training seminars in several dozen different congregations, and would be the leader/facilitator for the event. The cost for the event would be transportation and expense reimbursements, plus a meaningful donation to CLC.

"Dr. Wayne Brouwer guided our Council through a process of restructuring which ten years later is still in place. I appreciated Wayne’s ability to carefully and with sensitivity, purposefully steer the process toward a model of governance which everyone could embrace."Scott Greenway