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Extending the Shepherd’s Reach: Spiritual Care in the Congregation

Elder Training

February 17, 2024
Coloma, MI
Although the role of elder often varies from congregation to congregation, we consistently see the biblical emphasis on spiritual leadership demonstrated in practical ways by spiritually mature followers of Jesus. This training event is designed for pastors and their lay leaders who have been identified as spiritual leaders in their respective congregations and therefore have been elected or appointed to serve as elders–extensions of the pastoral office for the care and nurturing of God’s people. This is important work and a high calling from God through His Church.


Elders will want to be well prepared and continually growing in relationship to Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church, and in effective service to His people with their pastor. This workshop will help them do just that.

When & Where


February 17 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Salem, Coloma
375 Marvin St
Coloma, MI, 49038
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Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper

Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper presently serves as the Director of Leadership Development for the Michigan District, LCMS. Prior to joining the Michigan District staff in 2012, Kasper served nearly 30 years as a parish pastor in suburban St. Louis, Mo. and Detroit, Mich. He serves as the Facilitator for Intentional Interim Ministry in the Michigan District. He continues to read extensively in the areas of Systems Theory, Leadership, and Adaptive Missions for the Church in the Post-modern/Post-Christian era. Kasper and his wife Debbie live in Ypsilanti, Mich. They have four grown children and ten grandchildren.


Rev. Dr. Gary Beck

Rev. Dr. Gary Beck earned his B.A. at Concordia University River Forest (Chicago) in 1979; his M.Div. at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 1983, and his D.Min. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Ill., in 1994. He was ordained in 1983 and served at St. Peter, Macomb (1983-1994) and St. Mark, Flint (from 1994 until his retirement in 2023). Beck has also served the District in committees and as a Deacon Ministry Instructor. He is married to Valerie and they have three children and ten grandchildren.


Registration is now closed. Deadline is February 7, 2024.

Cost: $10 includes lunch and programming.