Practical Learning. Sabbath Rest. Collegial Support.


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for a four-day training experience for pastors, deacons, and church leaders that offers practical learning, Sabbath rest and collegial support. Leading Well events offer a unique blend of "nuts and bolts" skill development along with worship, retreat, and sharing of best practices. Come and learn with and from your talented colleagues across the country.

  • Do you need to gain skills in staff and volunteer management?

  • Do you need to think through a strategic or staffing challenge in your congregation?

  • Do you need to be grounded in a sense of call, worship, retreat, and support from colleagues?

  • Do you need to all three and more? Keep reading!


  • Refine your capacity to work effectively with staff and volunteers.

  • Explore your gifts, strengths and values, and their implications for how you lead.

  • Practice what it means for you to live and lead well.

  • Learn ways to interpret your ministry context.

  • Take time for worship, prayer, rest and fellowship.



for specific resources from these sessions, click here


Tuesday - Lunch begins at 12:00

  • Orientation for new Leading Well participants

  • Reflections and Stories about Living and Leading Well

  • Listening & Learning as Spiritual Practices

  • Learning to be Present & Curious


  • Listening to Scripture & Each Other

  • Naming God’s Activity in Our Lives & the World

  • Listening as a Foundation for Evangelism


  • Embracing Disruptive Changes as Doors to Deeper Mission

  • Ideological Shifts of Ministry in the Current Time

  • Moving Beyond Our Current Norms

Friday - Event ends at 11:30 AM (Plan to schedule a flight home after about 2:30 PM or some content will be missed)

  • Sharing Wisdom Through Crowd-Sourcing & Using Crowd-Sourcing in our Congregations

  • Naming our ONE THING and ONE WORD



  • Pastors who lead a ministry staff team.

  • Deacons and program staff who work with paid and volunteer team members.

  • Deacons and Health Ministers serving congregations to support wellness ministry initiatives.

  • Those who are newly called to lead a ministry team and are interested in sharpening their leadership skills.

  • Judicatory leaders seeking to support congregations in developing healthy cultures and systems.




Individual registration costs include tuition for the event plus 3 nights lodging and 9 meals.  Rates vary based on room occupancy, if you stay onsite, and if you are Siebert Grant recipient:

  • $850 for individual registration (double occupancy)

  • $950 for individual registration (single occupancy)

  • $650 for individual registration (commuter rate)

  • $0 for individual registration (Siebert Grant recipient - double occupancy)

  • $150 for individual registration (Siebert Grant recipient - single occupancy)

  • $450 for individual registration (non-participating spouse)

Learn More About What We Do at these Learning Retreats

Want to meet the facilitators? Click here.

Are you a Lutheran, and a resident of Wisconsin? Did you know that the Siebert Lutheran Foundation now offers grants to support the full 3-year curriculum, including cohort-based coaching? Download the grant application to learn more.

Interested? REgister for an event!

Carefree, AZ

November 19-22, 2019

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center hosts our AZ retreat each Nov. Participants will have the opportunity to hike, walk the outdoor labyrinth, or soak in the pool or hot tub.

Delray Beach, FL

January 21-24, 2020

The Duncan Center, hosts our FL retreat each January.          Participants will have access to the beach, outdoor & indoor labyrinths, pool, and hot tub.