Perhaps the most tangible way the SoMA supports its presbyteries is by providing support and education for their pastoral leaders. In this era of change and transition, strong leadership is a vital component to the vitality of any congregation.
Currently, the SoMA provides four different experiences and programs for pastoral leaders:
- Selah: A Sabbath Experience for Pastors - Each year the SoMA invites 1/4 of the synod's installed Pastors and Commissioned Ruling Elders to a week of rest, renewal, and reflection. Think of it as a smaller, more regular CREDO.
- Gathering For Pastoral Sustenance (GPS) - The first 5 years of ministry can be tough. The burnout rate is high. GPS is designed to help new pastors navigate the waters of ministry in these important first few years.
- Transitional Ministry Education - Sometimes a pastor's sense of call changes, and she finds herself craving new skills and new challenges. Often, that call leads her to transitional/interim ministry. Conducted jointly with the Synod of Lincoln Trails, the SoMA helps pastors gain the valuable skills they need to effectively serve congregations in transition.
- Theocademy - Every pastor and educator has needs for high quality, affordable, easy to use educational materials. Theocademy is a program that provides video based curriculum for these leaders. Current offerings: Confirmation, New Member Education, Training for Deacons and Ruling Elders.