Leadership Development Opportunities

So the last will be first, and the first last.

– Matthew 20:16

Helping the Church Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

The Metropolitan Chicago Synod takes an active role in fostering leadership within the church, whether ordained or lay. This section contains an array of information to support various aspects of leadership development.


Learn about this Lutheran program for theological education, and find out how to be a part of it here→

First Call Theological Education

This unique program transitions our church leaders during their first call and prepares them for ministry.

Learn more about First Call Theological Education here→

Professional Leaders Conference

Our annual event brings church leaders together to share ideas and focus, 

Information about the next Professional Leaders Conference will be available here.


The workshops the synod offers are designed to keep both rostered and lay leaders up-to-date on important policy, and bring them together to share new experiences. They are offered with varying frequency depending on the topic.

Antiracism Workshops

Learn more at Another Pebble workshops, or contact the Antiracism Team at Metropolitan Chicago Synod by email or by phone: 773-248-0021.

Visit Another Pebble’s website here→

Boundaries Workshop

Boundaries Workshops will be publicized when they become available.

To find out more about this ministry of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, please e-mail the synod office or call 773-248-0021.

Additional ELCA Resources

Metropolitan Chicago Synod Office

Ph: 773-248-0021

Address: 1420 W. Dickens Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

In Jesus’ name: we proclaim the gospel, make disciples, do justice.


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