American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Leadership Learning Communities

   Encouraging Pastors Personally and Professionally 

Leadership Learning Communities (LLC) are small groups of pastors gathering together locally to empower each other to have healthy vital relationships personally and professionally. This is a crucial part of fulfilling the region's vision to build healthy partnerships with Churches, Pastoral Leaders and the wider ABC Family.

The LLC's are designed to address three issues among pastoral leaders: 1) The need for leadership training; 2) The need to address isolation among church leaders; and 3) The need to address the debilitation of loneliness and the feelings of insignificance among church leaders. 

Each LLC will be led by a Mentor Pastor who will choose the members of his/her LLC and facilitate the group meetings.  The group size will be limited to no fewer than three and no more than six participants plus the Mentor Pastor.  We also hope that each Mentor Pastor will encourage an apprentice who will eventually develop their own LLC.

Guides for the LLC Group Meetings can be found on out FaceBook page: ABCOPAD Leadership Learning Communities

ABCOPAD LLC Facebook Link


Book List for the 2016-2017 reading year (starting in September)

All book available via Kindle

September / October

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Recommended by Rob Rice: 128 pages)
November / December
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Life Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
(Recommended by Kelly Legg: 240 pages)
January / February
The Forty-Day Word Fast: A Spiritual Journey to Eliminate Toxic Words From Your Life by Tim Cameron
(Recommended by Ken Sommerfeldt)
March / April
The Autobiography of George Muller. Powerful inspiration to pray and believe.
(Recommended by Jeff Collins: 237 pages)
May / June
Quarks, Chaos & Christianity: Questions to Science And Religion by John Polkinghorne
(Recommended by Brad Lacey: 128 pages)
Beyond Stewardship: A Church Guide to Generous Giving Campaign by John Zehring and Kate Jagger
(Recommended by Jeff Johnson: 160 pages)




  • 90 minutes set aside to catch up for everyone to give personal and ministry related updates
  • 30 minutes set aside for intentional prayer
  • Lunch Together (sack lunches and potlucks save time and create community!)
  • 2 hours set aside for discussion about the reading - focusing on personal and professional application


Philosophical Basis

  • The need for Leadership Training
  • The need to address isolation among church leaders and churches
  • The need to address the debilitation of loneliness and feelings of insignificance among church leaders


  • The dynamic of small group support
  • The benefit of the integration of information
  • The value of plural leadership learning (integration and application)
  • The empowering of the vision for Vital Healthy Pastors and Churches

LINK: LLC Reading Vault - A bibliography of our previous reading lists

For more information about our Leadership Learning Communities
Contact Dr. Kevin Walden at: