Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative

Bishop Eaton's Leadership Initiative

”It’s not only the job of our seminaries and universities to identify and raise up leaders in the church. This is something that belongs to all of us.”

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel. If you know someone who shows a gift for ministry, help mentor and foster them. Together -- pastors, deacons, lay people – we can bring the word of God to the world.

On this page, you will find resources to guide discussions and offer inspiration for conversations and individual reflection on becoming a leader within the ELCA. Check back often as this page is updated with more resources and a variety of other testimonials from leaders of this church.

If you wish to find our more about being a leader in the church, please contact us.

Call to Prayer

As the Conference of Bishops, we call our worshiping communities to pray for raising up leaders for this church.

Encourage a potential leader

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Leadership links

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