STORY from “LEAP” . . . February, 2018 . . .
. . . PASTORS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS MEET TOGETHER REGULARLY
In 2011, representatives of our area Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod churches and schools began to engage in
strategic planning for what would eventually become the “Lutheran Education Advancement Plan – LEAP Alliance.”
Already in those days, one of many objectives for building an alliance was to bring pastors and school principals
together on a regular basis to collaborate on matters of shared ministry. Late in 2013, the first such “P2 Pastors and
Principals Meeting” occurred. Such “LEAP P2 Meetings” are still occurring, three times each year.
Mrs. Jennifer Enge, Principal of St. John (Amelith) Lutheran School in Bay City, has been, and continues to be the
Coordinator for the “LEAP P2 meetings” which are held at our various LEAP church/school sites, including churches
that do not presently operate parish schools. The meetings often provide opportunities for touring the church and school sites and hearing the stories of ministry actions that occur there. At the “P2 Meetings,” primary meeting attention is given to hearing and discussing interesting and timeless meeting topics. Examples have been “Children’s Church,” “TEAM Ministry,” “Being Lutheran in a Post Church Culture,” “Funding Options,” and many more.
While pastors have conferenced together often for many years, and school principals have done the same, the “LEAP P2” pastor-principal meetings have proven to be beneficial and appreciated. Pastors and principals have shared resources and ideas as a result of the “P2 meetings.” There have been best practice question-and-answer-conversations leading to learning what various congregations and schools are doing to meet needs and to respond to challenges. It has even been beneficial for our church/school leaders to learn once again that many of the challenges they face are rather universal. We pray God’s continued blessing upon the “LEAP P2 Meetings”!
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