Pastor Andy & Continuing Education

Dear St John family,

For my clergy continuing education requirements, I have elected to enter a one year, twenty-one credit graduate program in Non-profit Church Leadership offered through a partnership between the Lilly Grant Foundation, Dakota Wesleyan University, and the Dakotas/Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church. This program will require travel to South Dakota three times in the course of the year, with the remainder of the work completed on line and here at St John. Courses are focused on Stewarding Finances, Stewarding Human Resources (governance, personnel, and volunteer management), Stewarding Vision (strategy design, implementation, and evaluation), and Stewarding Community (communications and community outreach). There are two applied projects that will directly impact St John (and my grade!) Upon completion of this certificate program, I have the option to complete 15 more credits (online) to earn a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Non-Profit leadership, if I so choose. If you’re curious to hear more, just ask me. In the meantime, I ask for your prayers that God would help me to grow through this program, so that I have some new tools and skills to help lead us into the NEXT five years of ministry together.


Pastor Andy