Leadership

Equal opportunities for women and men

What guides Lutheran leaders today and how are LWF’s shared vision and values applied in church leadership? The LWF leadership program invites church leaders and people in leadership positions to explore and reflect on leadership together and enhance their ability to uphold a strong sense of identity as leaders in the Lutheran communion.  

The program seeks to inspire lifelong learning and nurture LWF’s values — dignity and justice, compassion and commitment, respect for diversity, inclusion and participation, transparency and accountability—in leadership. As a communion of churches, LWF strives for equal opportunities of all women and men to access leadership positions while promoting their meaningful participation in the church. Accompanying each other in leadership development, fostering mutual learning and sharing enables all people to utilize their full potential in the Lutheran communion.  

Leadership Accompaniment and Continuous Learning

Church leadership is a calling and at the same time an ongoing vocation that needs to be practiced and developed. There is always more to learn and explore for everyone. Diverse contexts and changing circumstances in which leaders carry out their ministries require willingness to develop skills and acquire knowledge. The LWF leadership program invites member churches to participate in a continuous journey of leadership and life-long learning.

Leadership Accompaniment and Continuous Learning

Management and Good Governance

The LWF Communion Office supports member church initiatives in management and good governance. Rather than facilitating or granting financial support for one-time training the focus is on organizational development processes, which aim at sustainable results including changes in church structures, policies, practices and models in decision making. This kind of transformation goes beyond performing tasks and is often a matter of changing mindsets, attitudes and organizational cultures.

Management and Good Governance

Newly Elected Leaders

This is a leadership development process for newly elected church leaders, namely bishops and pastor presidents. The program consists of biblical, theological, leadership and management learning/sharing modules, which are implemented through a combination of individual and peer learning, online workshops and in-person retreats in Geneva and in Wittenberg, Germany. The retreats are organized in collaboration with the LWF Center Wittenberg.

Newly Elected Leaders

Lay Leaders

The leadership development process is aimed at non-ordained leaders of LWF member churches. The program consists of biblical, theological, leadership learning/sharing modules, which are implemented as a combination of individual and peer learning, online workshops and in-person seminars in Geneva and Wittenberg. The program is organized in collaboration with the LWF Center Wittenberg.

Lay Leaders