Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of KINDLE for Recent Graduates?

The purpose of this learning event is to equip recent graduates (having 3 years or less experience in ministry) with resources and processes that will help them grow as Christ-like servant leaders, with an emphasis on the strands of  Stewardship of Faith and Stewardship of Self.

Who is eligible for this event?

Any new graduate who is a commissioned minister of the LCMS (i.e. director of parish music, family life director, director of Christian outreach, deaconess, or lay minister) may attend.

What are the goals for  this learning event?

Participants are given opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes as they learn more fully how to steward themselves and their faith. Concurrently, they are able to address common issues and concerns of new graduates while simultaneously developing a broader support network of peers. Please note that KINDLE is not a program of leadership training, but an introduction to a life-long process of maturing as a Christ-like servant leader. In an atmosphere of trust, accountability, and encouragement, each participant will learn to develop themselves “from the inside out,” building on God-given strengths and shoring up areas needing attention.

What are the benefits of this learning event for recent graduates?

Career path research suggests that the first several years of service for a church worker are critical to their longevity in public ministry. Significant practices and attitudes are shaped during these initial years. More specifically, this four-day learning event will provide a recent graduate with:

  1. A deepened understanding of how to navigate the challenges and issues of the early ministry years;
  2. A broader appreciation of how to be a Christ-like servant leader in congregational ministry;
  3. An exposure to rich, lively worship that can be replicated back in one’s own congregation;
  4. Some awareness of how to support and equip other servant leaders in one’s own congregation;
  5. An enlarged network of ministry support from similar-aged peers from around the country;
  6. A chance to meet veteran church workers who may serve as friends and mentors in the years to come.

How will the four-day event be structured?

This learning event will feature eight modules that focus on timely issues, challenges and concerns of recent graduates in the context of Christ-like Servant Leadership. It will also engage participants in worship three times a day. Ample time will be set aside for physical exercise, fellowship, networking, meals, and quiet time.

What does it cost?

The registration fee for KINDLE for Recent Graduates is $400 ($100 due at registration on or before May 15, 2013, and the remaining $300 due August 15, 2013), which covers program, lodging, and meals during the four-day event at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. Transportation to and from Mundelein is not covered.

What kind of time commitment will it involve for the Commissioned Church Worker?

Each participant must be able to attend the entire learning event. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013 and the learning event ends at noon on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Beyond this event, KINDLE is to be understood as a life-long process as noted above. KINDLE provides the resources and processes for recent graduates to continually develop the “inner” and “outer” person, pursuing the five grace-filled marks of a Christ-like servant leader (Obedience, Health, Purpose, Community, and Generosity).

What is the application deadline?

Apply online at at the Program Initiatives link.  The deadline for applying is May 15, 2013. After applying online, please send your $100 registration fee to KINDLE, c/o St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437. The remaining $300, as noted above, will be due on August 15, 2013.