Ministry Leadership Institute provides leadership-related training and coaching support for WELS leadership teams, pastors, and principals. Through Spirit-guided leadership development efforts, centered on Christ, MLI helps ministries with their Matthew 28 purpose through growth in leadership abilities, approaches, and attitudes, while providing vital tools for the leader’s ministry toolbox.
From Chairman Mark Wrightsman
Since its inception, Grace in Action Ministry has sought to develop innovative leadership ministries which augment the work of so many dedicated people who share God’s Word. In our churches, missions, and other worldwide ministries, the Word is taught and preached by capable, doctrinally trained, dedicated servants. The founders endeavored to provide resources to meet identified needs for helping “ministers” be good stewards of all of their God-given resources.
Initially, GIA supported CrossTrain Ministries and Crossroads Consulting Ministry. Feedback was gathered from pastors, educators, and lay people revolving around additional opportunities to serve in leadership beyond what was being done by CrossTrain and Crossroads. This input resulted in a plan for stronger ministry team leadership development, and programs for further training for individual leaders. Following significant input and feedback the Ministry Leadership Institute was born.
The board of GIA was selected with a few criteria. First, the board member would have strong leadership experience, either in a secular or ministry role. Second, the board member must have significant experience applying leadership to ministries. These criteria have enabled each of the board members to play an active role in the GIA and MLI ministry efforts. Please join me in praying for all of God’s ministries and particularly for the MLI team dedicated to supporting the arms of our ministry leaders and their teams.
President Greg Schmill
Greg has been a WELS teacher and administrator for thirty years, having served eight years as principal and upper grade teacher at Mt. Olive in Delano, Minnesota, and five years as principal and upper grade teacher at King of Kings in Maitland, Florida. He has also served as a teacher, guidance director, and assistant principal at Manitowoc Lutheran High School for fourteen years. After serving several years as a part-time consultant with Forward with Lutheran Schools (FWLS), he served as the synod’s full-time FWLS educational consultant. In this call he worked with congregations of the WELS to begin and strengthen preschools, childcares, elementary schools, and area Lutheran high schools. He then served as the Director of the Commission on Lutheran Schools (CLS). In this position he continued to oversee FWLS in addition carrying out his leadership roles and responsibilities within CLS. He began his service as president of the Ministry Leadership Institute on July 1, 2014.
Key presenters and facilitators with MLI include Dr. Scott Gostchock and Pastor Elton Stroh.
Dr. Scott Gostchock
Dr. Scott Gostchock is a 1993 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College. He received a Masters in Education from Brenau University in 1996. He then completed a doctorate in educational leadership and administration at Nova Southeastern University. His number one goal is serving the Lord out of love for all God has done for him and to help share the peace of Christ at all times. It is only by God’s grace that he has been blessed to serve. In his 20 years of educational and community service, Dr. Gostchock has served cross-cultural, inner city, urban education settings as a teacher, administrator, and community activist. He has also served as a full-time professor of education and currently is an adjunct professor for a number of universities and colleges. These unique settings and wealth of experiences have provided a tremendous backdrop for Dr. Gostchock’s presentations, transformative leadership work, consulting, and his global leadership.
Pastor Elton Stroh
Pastor Elton C. Stroh, D.Min., is the Director of Crossroads Consulting Ministry. Pastor Stroh served as a WELS parish pastor for 24 years during which, under God, he launched a new congregation, served as senior pastor in a turnaround congregation, and was privileged to serve in a number of district and synodical positions. He directed WELS Parish Assistance – a consulting ministry that became a blessing to about 500 congregations with the assistance of both full- and part-time lead consultants and over 100 associate consultants. He also conducted the Turnaround Churches in the WELS research project.
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