Please read through the following information before registering for 2019-2021 Classic KINDLE.  When you are ready to register, you will find that information at the end of this page.

The Classic KINDLE Experience

The primary focus of Classic KINDLE is the fostering and multiplying of Christ-like servant leaders among congregational lay leaders.  This outcome is accomplished by engaging church workers in a two-year process that deepens their commitment to be Christ-like servant leaders and further equips them to multiply such servant leaders among staff and laity in their ministry area(s).

During the Learning Cycle, which includes four learning events in Mundelein, Illinois, each participant (called a KINDLE Associate) is involved in a Christ-like Servant Leader Learning Circle of peers that is led by a seasoned Circle Coach.  When not meeting face-to-face, these Learning Circles continue their learning processes through a weekly chat room curriculum guided by their Coach.

As a result of participating in Classic KINDLE, KINDLE Associates will:

  1. be more deeply committed to living a Christ-like servant leader life that is under-girded by practices that encourage and enable such a way of living.
  2. impact their congregational ministry areas by fostering and multiplying Christ-like servant leaders in an effective, systematic, and enduring way.
  3. be provided resource materials that enhance their learning and that enable them to replicate in their congregational ministry areas(s) processes that equip lay leaders to foster and multiply Christ-like servant leaders.
  4. help lay leaders in their ministry areas to live with missional hearts in all areas of their lives.
  5. be led by a training team who has been well-oriented and provided the kind of support and resources that enable them to instruct, coach, and facilitate effectively.
  6. respond to relatively simple yet robust evaluation processes that provide data that both validates Classic KINDLE’s desired impact as well as helps continually refine this program initiative.
  7. establish a long-term relationship with KINDLE in terms of financial, recruitment, and volunteer support.

The curriculum under-girding the four learning events and the chat room meetings is built upon four major emphases, the KINDLE Strands:

  • Cultivating Faith
  • Cultivating Health
  • Cultivating Individuals
  • Cultivating Groups

There are five practices that provide direction and depth to each of the strands.  It is these practices that challenge participants to mature more fully into Christ-like servant leaders who seek to help others in their sphere of ministry to also grow as Christ-like servant leaders.

Classic KINDLE participants will normally meet the following qualifications:

  1. Desire to mature as a Christ-like servant leader;
  2. Possess self-directed learning readiness that can be optimized through KINDLE processes;
  3. Have exceptional promise, or success, as a leader equipper;
  4. Be serving in a stable congregational situation in which there is a supportive pastoral teammate;
  5. Have at least five years of full-time, remunerated non-ordained ministry experience in a congregational setting.
  6. Demonstrate a strong commitment to full-time church work (e.g., participate in a professional organization, attend local, district, and national LCMS-related functions).

Classic KINDLE Associate will commit him/herself to:

  1. Participate fully in the four four-day learning events during the two-year Learning Cycle;
  2. Purchase and read assigned learning materials;
  3. Have access and the ability to use the internet, chat rooms and other electronic modalities; such as Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.
  4. Pursue a growth plan designed to deepen your capacity to be a Christ-like servant leader;
  5. Be a positive, open, regular participant in your Christ-like servant leader cluster;
  6. Equip other leaders for ministry in their congregation, home, workplace, and community.
  7. Organize and lead a congregational servant leader cluster during the four quarters of the Learning Cycle;
  8. Organize and lead a ministry area Servant Leader Gathering during each of the four quarters of the Learning Cycle.
  9. Launch a servant leader development process in his/her ministry area(s);
  10. Respond quickly to requests for assessment and evaluation of Classic KINDLE-related activities;
  11. Support KINDLE financially and by public testimony; and
  12. Pray for KINDLE, the Classic KINDLE training team, and follow Classic KINDLE Associates.

Limited Enrollment

Because of the intimate and process-oriented learning design, Classic KINDLE enrollment is limited to no more than 20 participants in a Learning Cycle.

Registration Fee

  • Early registration (November 15, 2018-March 31, 2019) is $3,000.
  • Regular registration (April 1-May 15, 2019) is $3,300.
  • A deposit of $300 is due with your online registration.
  • The final registration deadline is May 15, 2019.

Payment of Registration Fee

KINDLE offers three options for the payment of the remainder of the registration fees:

  • Full balance due on August 15, 2019
  • 50% due on August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020
  • 25% due on August 15, 2019, January 15, 2020, August 15, 2020, and January 15, 2021

The registration fee includes all program expenses, materials, lodging, and meals during the learning events.  It does not include:  transportation to and from each learning event and the purchase of required study materials (i.e., books), which are the responsibility of the participant.

Withdrawal Policy

Cancellation requests must be received by August 15, 2019.  Refunds for cancellation will be processed with $100 of the deposit remaining with KINDLE to cover administrative costs. After August 15, 2019, the entire deposit will remain with KINDLE.

Recognizing the large financial investment which is necessary to provide this high-level educational experience, the loss of a participant is felt financially as well as within the learning community. If a KINDLE Associate withdraws after the first Learning Event has taken place, the KINDLE Associate and the congregation will be responsible for all remaining unpaid registration fees as agreed upon via the Financial Commitment Form.

External Support Keeps Registration Fee Low

As a result of gracious gifts from individual donors and various organizations, particularly LCMS congregations, its own endowment and living legacies, KINDLE is able to keep the registration fee at $3,300 rather than the approximate $5,500 per participant cost.  KINDLE is grateful to all of these individuals and groups, especially to Wheat Ridge Ministries, who provided a generous start-up grant, and to Thrivent Financial whose remarkable support over the past decade has enabled KINDLE to innovate in ways that enhance the ministry of congregations in their communities and the world.

Learning Event Schedule and Location

Should you be accepted into the Classic KINDLE Learning Cycle, it is imperative that you block your calendar for four learning events.  Being a Classic KINDLE participant means you attend the entire learning event.  Learning events are held at the Conference Center of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, unless otherwise noted.

The Learning Cycle will meet on the following dates:

  • September 16-19, 2019
  • February 17-20, 2020
  • September 21-24, 2020
  • February 1-4, 2021

Each Learning Event begins at 5:00 p.m. on Monday and concludes by 12:00 noon on Thursday.

Pre- and Post-Learning Cycle Assignments and Assessment

Participants will be sent their assessment instruments plus assignment materials and reading list after registration closes on May 15, 2019.  The assessment instruments are to be returned by August 15, 2019.  Once the learning cycle ends, and all assessment materials have been completed, participants will a) engage in a “closure conversation” with a member of the training team; and b) be eligible to receive their KINDLE Associate certificate.

Ready to register?

1.  Complete your registration information here.

2.  Submit a deposit of $300 (due with your online registration) online here or by check to KINDLE, 8608 Poplar Bridge Curve, Bloomington, MN 55437.

3.  Complete a one-page statement that addresses the following three questions; each in 50 words or less:

  • Describe a situation when you helped someone grow as a Christ-like servant leader.
  • Outline your current efforts to create a consistent leadership development process in your ministry area(s) (if you have not created or attempted one, simply state that as the case).
  • What is the biggest struggle you face in developing other Christ-like servant leaders?

Attach your statements here.

4. Submit two recommendations.  One is to be from your current pastor and the other is to be from a congregation leader in your ministry are (other than a staff member).  Give these individuals this link to submit their recommendations online

Thank you for registering for 2019-2020 Classic KINDLE!

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Schuessler, KINDLE Operations Coordinator at or 952-657-5664.