Our Objectives

  • To help congregations understand the need for adaptive leadership if they are to be vital and thriving centers for missional outreach in the Southwest;
  • To equip pastors and lay leaders to be agents of change;
  • To transform congregatons from an inward focus of maintenance and chaplaincy to an outward focus of mission, outreach and evangelism;
  • To invite congregations to be agents of adaptive leadership and transformation beyond their congregations to both in their community context and in the Grand Canyon Synod;
  • To change and transform the DNA of the Grand Canyon Synod to become a Great Commission synod based on missional principles.

New Changes for MLA

The Missional Leadership Academy has merged with the Grand Canyon Synod’s “Reforming for Mission” table.  The goals and purpose of MLA, to provide missional leadership training for congregations, will continue, though the format of learning has changed. At this time there are no new cohorts of congregations being organized.

For more information contact Pastor Glenn Zimbelman, the table host for the Reforming for Mission Table or Pastor John Schaumburg, the Director for Evangelical Mission in the GCS.

Pastor Glenn Zimbelman    928-363-0155,

Pastor John Schaumburg    480-980-0397

Missional Leadership Training
offered by the Grand Canyon Synod

Below are upcoming opportunities for congregational leaders, staff, and pastors.  If you have questions, contact Rick Rouse, Director of the Missional Leadership Academy at rwrouse@comcast.net or John Schaumburg, Director of Evangelical Mission at jschaumburg@gcsynod.org

Mark your calendar for
The Synod's Tenth Annual
Missional Church Conference:

Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (Carefree, AZ).

2014 Leadership Seminars are being offered by the Grand Canyon Synod at various sites and online in February and March.
General MLA Information