Development of Leaders

Development of Leaders


“To foster a life-long approach to the formation of leaders through networking Fellowship Churches with leadership educational resources.”


We serve to support good relations between the seminary and Fellowship Churches, so that together we can encourage the equipping of leaders and emerging ministry leaders within our churches.


We desire to come alongside the leaders and emerging leaders within our churches and seminary to train and empower them in transformational leadership.The traditional Seminary serves a very small percentage of the Christian Community, focusing upon educating vocational ministry leaders. However, the local church has significantly larger needs for leadership development and struggles to find good resources and means to accomplish this. We understand that the health and effectiveness of a church congregation in reaching the world for Christ is greatly impacted by the church’s leadership – pastors, staff and elders.


Dr. Lyle Schrag serves to direct our leadership development initiatives. His responsibilities are to create a collaborative process between the resources of the Seminary and the congregations of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches for the development of mature Christian leaders. This includes research in areas of Spiritual formation, Leadership emergent theory, and innovative ministry training applications. Dr. Schrag brings a wealth of experience to this position. He has served as a short-term missionary with the Slavic Gospel Association, the director of the Office of Christian Outreach at Wheaton College, and for 24 years as the Senior Pastor in churches in the Chicago-land and Vancouver areas. His denominational work includes serving on the board of foreign missions with the Conservative Baptist Association, and for six years on the General Council of the North American Baptist Conference. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Wheaton College Graduate School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Lyle also serves as Associate Professor of Church Leadership at Northwest Baptist Seminary.


Northwest has developed and offers creative and innovative ways to help churches develop the various leaders they require in ways that are affordable, effective and within their local contexts. We have created resources for pastors, church board members and emerging leaders – all with the goal of strengthening and refining the gifts God has already placed in each individual. Please search through our website for resources that will benefit you in your leadership journey. We welcome your feedback and creative leadership ideas, and look forward to hearing how we can be of benefit to you.

Below are the leadership development resources Northwest currently provides:

1. Best Practices for Church Boards Workshops

This is a series of one-day workshops in which church boards and pastoral leaders work together to understand, apply and improve the church board’s ability to provide spiritual, visionary leadership within a local church.

2. Ministry Assessment Process for Emerging Leaders

MAP is for anyone actively moving towards vocational ministry. Through individualized assessments, personal interviews, written expressions and instructive workshops, emerging leaders will be given recommendations by a team of assessors that will help them find and network their next steps within a supportive relationship.

3. Heart for Ministry

Heart for Ministry is an interactive, mentor-related, learning experience designed to help connect the dots of God’s prompting. Includes topics such as character, core values, personal leadership style, personal strengths, Jesus’ way of leadership and many others.

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