OCTOBER 5-6, 2020


This year, the Bishop’s Leadership Retreat will be exclusively an online event to keep our presenters and all our leaders safe and healthy. The event will take place via Zoom with time to break out into groups as well as time to step away and renew and refresh.

This year we are excited to welcome Pastor Sarah Ciavarri as we explore the topic of “Dare to be Resilient” using the research and practices of Dr. Brené Brown on resilience.


To set the stage you may consider diving into one, two, or more of the following resources:

Brené Brown’s Netflix special A Call to Courage

Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead

Carol Dweck’s Ted Talk The Power of Believing You Can Improve

Lucy Hone’s Ted Talk The Three Secrets of Resilient People

This retreat is open to rostered ministers, Members of the Order of St. Stephen, and seminarians serving on internship in our synod. Please register below by Monday, September 28.  You may pay online or by check. To pay online, please visit our secure giving portal and enter the total from your registration form in the “Give” section. Then, select “Bishop’s Leadership Retreat” from the dropdown menu, enter the rest of the requested information, and put “Bishop’s Leadership Retreat” in the memo section at the bottom. If you would rather pay by check, please mail your payment to:


Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA

ATTN: Cindy VanVliet

575 S Charles Street, Suite 202

Baltimore, MD 21201


Checks should be made out to “Delaware-Maryland Synod” with “Bishop’s Leadership Retreat” in the memo line and must be mailed in advance of the retreat.


  • The per person cost of this year’s online retreat is $30.


Monday, October 5, 2020

9:00 AM          Introduction and Session 1:  Intro to Resiliency:  Bouncing Back and Why It Matters in Ministry

10:15 AM        Break

10:30 AM        Session 2:  How God Has Wired our Brains For Connection

NOON              Noon Prayer

1:30 PM          Session 3:  Courageous Leading in our VUCA World

7:00 PM          Optional Fellowship Time


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

9:00 AM          Time with Bishop Gohl

10:15 AM        Break

10:30 AM        Session 4:  So, Now What?  Next Steps to Sustaining Resiliency

11:30 AM        Morning Prayer

12:00 PM        Sending and Blessings

2020 Bishop's Leadership Retreat Registration

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