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Grow Leadership allowed me to discern and evaluate my life in light of my faith. By doing this, I was able to change direction in my life and follow what God was calling me to do ... and for me, that was the pastoral office.
Pastor, Bordertown SA
As a young man in his 20s, Joel was comfortable working in retail and making his way up the management ladder. He had no serious aspirations to do or be anything else, and he didn’t think he had any special gifts to offer the church. But his insightful pastor and elders changed all that when they encouraged Joel to apply for Grow Leadership.
During the Grow Leadership program, Joel started to see how God was leading him to serve the church and he felt the Holy Spirit nudging him out of his comfort zone. After completing Grow Leadership, Joel took a great leap of faith and signed up for the pastoral ministry stream at Australian Lutheran College.
Joel was ordained as a pastor last year. He was assigned to the Bordertown parish in rural South Australia (almost in Victoria), and he is thriving.
The biggest result of my Grow Leadership experience was exposure to the different ways that I could serve as a leader within the LCANZ. Grow Leadership clarified the space for youth within the decision-making bodies of our LCANZ.
LCANZ young adult ambassador with Lutheran World Federation
Member, LCANZ Committee for International Mission
For Elsa, Grow Leadership opened up a world of new opportunities to serve. First up, she joined the LCANZ Committee for International Mission. Next, she was endorsed as one of two LCANZ participants in Global Young Reformers, a program of Lutheran World Federation (LWF). In this role she has helped to organise global worship events and to develop and lead regional programs.
In LWF Assembly conferences, Elsa has participated in governance discussions each year to shape the strategic plan of the LWF Asian region, with a focus on increasing youth leadership in local congregations, building intergenerational relationships and projects,
and developing ways for young adults to be involved in decision-making bodies.
As well as being an ambassador for the LCANZ on the international scene, Elsa has been developing her leadership skills in her local congregation. She leads confirmation classes, the youth band and young adult programs.