Spiritual Mentoring by Steven Poenitz 

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This web site has been created as a forum for pastors to access resources to develop their leadership skills through mentoring. This includes all forms of mentoring for pastors, peer-to-peer, experienced to novice pastors, and novice pastors to inexperienced congregational leaders. Articles, links, books, stories, a blog, etc. will be offered. While a blending of mentoring and coaching has been taking place over the past decade, the primary focus of this web site is concentrated upon spiritual mentoring.

Steven Poenitz is executive secretary of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Church headquarters for the Lake Union Conference is located in Berrien Springs, MI.

 He is married to Erney (Underwood) Poenitz who has served as screening/background coordinator and Spouses Ministry Sponsor in the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Erney and Steve enjoyed the companionship of their 16-year old dog, Happy. She was an English harrier that found a home with them in Northeast Tennessee, but passed away Feb 24, 2018.

For seven years Steven participated in the Leadership Cohort of the Doctor of Ministry program from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University.

He finished his project, working with eight NIM (new-in-the-ministry) Indiana Conference pastors, pursuing a mentoring approach for beginning pastors.

Steve successfully defended his oral assessment on June 7, 2012. Graduation occurred on August 5, 2012.

Since 1974 Steven has pastored in churches around the United States, including New Jersey, Kansas, Oregon, California, and Tennessee.

For six years Steve worked with the pastors and the team of the Indiana Conference as Ministerial Secretary and Evangelism Coordinator.

On March 18, 2015, Steven accepted the role of president for the Indiana Conference.

On April 1, 2018, Steven accepted the position of Executive Secretary and Ministerial Secretary of the Lake Union Conference.

He continues to love pastoral consulting and collaborative pursuit of resources to accelerate effective/efficient leadership among pastors. But now his added role includes serving the president/team of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and its constituency.


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 Email:             spoenitz@hotmail.com   

Last Update  January 30, - 2019

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