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Pastor as Steward: Wisely Leading Those Who Follow

Sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

October 3-5, 2011
Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s church? How can you inspire other leaders in your congregation to rise to the occasion?

This course will assist pastors in inspiring, leading and training other great leaders. To be a "Pastor as Steward" is to move away from a manager model that asks “how?” into a leadership model that asks “what?” This course will teach pastors how to develop a theological "habit of mind" about leadership and engage several proven practices for leading congregations. In addition to exploring ways to adopt a leadership style that empowers lay leaders, each participant will present a one-page summary of a leadership issue confronting his or her congregation. Together, the workshop leader and participants will unravel these case studies, suggest ways for moving forward and create a network for future collaboration.

Seminar Leader

The leader of this workshop is John W. Stewart, the Ashenfelter Associate Professor of Ministry and Evangelism Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. For half of his career he served as a Presbyterian pastor (solo, assistant and senior pastor). The other half was spent as an academician (Hope College, Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary). He is the author of two books and several articles on the early Princeton Theologians and has written several articles on current congregational studies and leadership practices. His upcoming book is entitled, Envisioning the Congregation, Practicing the Gospel. None of the above, however, are serious deterrents to his love for fly-fishing in the blue ribbon trout streams of Michigan.


A tentative agenda, including the titles of each session, is available for download as a .pdf here.


The program costs $200, which includes tuition, refreshments, and meals. Affordable on-campus lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available to those who need it. Please read the registration and cancellation policy here. Online registration is now closed. To register, or to ask further questions, please call the Erdman Center Front Desk at 609-497-7990.