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A continuing education emphasis that supports the ongoing development of all NALC pastors and lay leaders

Component Lead: Pastor David Wendel (President Eric Riesen, NALS Board of Regents, Commission on Theology & Doctrine and Missions Team)
Goal: Expansion, coordination and promotion of NALC continuing education opportunities, beginning in 2021

We will encourage every pastor to take part in at least one continuing education opportunity per year.

We will offer learning opportunities in various disciplines (preaching, discipleship, stewardship, church-planting, etc.), including continued education for first-call pastors and experienced pastors, along with a long-term strategy for ongoing development.

We will coordinate efforts to broadcast courses and training seminars throughout the NALC, and consider using the annual Pastors’ Conference and Lutheran Week as venues for continuing education offerings.

We will consider offerings to encourage pastoral self-care, including emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, along with resources for maintaining a healthy family-life.

We will include encouragement for salary, vacation, continuing education and sabbatical funding in the call process/pastoral call guidelines.

Component Lead

The Rev. Dr. David Wendel
The Rev. Dr. David Wendel

Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry & Ecumenism

Component Support

The Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen
The Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen

President, North American Lutheran Seminary