It seems like only yesterday that you were the pastor of a congregation, and now you are offering leadership to your denomination at the regional or national level. Not only are the scope and scale of your responsibilities different, so too are your available resources and the ways you can lead effectively. This four-day educational event is designed so you can consider your practice of leadership and be equipped with the tools and strategies you need to navigate the complexities and changing landscape of denominational and institutional life today.
People of all denominations who are transitioning from parish ministry to executive-level positions within denominational governing bodies or who have been in their role fewer than three years are welcome to apply for this selective program.
This event will offer participants:
- a variety of learning experiences designed to develop their individual leadership capacity;
- the opportunity to learn about their leadership by receiving 360-degree feedback;
- ways of understanding change processes and transition times;
- strategies for practicing innovation at the regional or national level;
- tools for responding to challenges that are particular to the work of a denominational executive, including managing personnel processes, having “critical conversations” and offering difficult feedback; and
- times to network with colleagues in similar positions.
The faculty for this event include those with extensive experience working with denominations and other organizations. The event will feature special guest speakers such as Marlon Hall, pastor and Christian leader of the Awakenings Movement in Houston.
Dates & Cost
Nov. 17-20, 2014 | Application deadline Sept. 17
Feb. 16-19, 2015 | Application deadline Dec. 16
Avila Retreat Center
$995 registration fee
Meals and accommodations are included in the registration fee. Payment will be due after admissions decisions have been made. Transportation is the responsibility of the participant.
Limited scholarships are available.
Ideal applicants for Denominational Leadership: Serving God and the Church as an Executive Leader operate relatively autonomously and have a considerable scope of responsibility on a national or regional denomination scale. Registration is limited to 20 participants.
The next program will be held Nov. 17-20, 2014. The deadline for applications is Sept. 17, 2014.
For inquiries about the program, please email email@example.com with the subject line: Denominational Leadership.
Nancy James is a leadership development trainer who has developed dozens of customized learning experiences for corporations across the world. She has been associate dean for executive education at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and more recently has been a human resource executive for the United States Postal Service. She has been a member of the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) since 1995. At one time she managed CCL’s most popular program, Looking Glass Experience. James holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Mississippi State University and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business. She is a Eucharistic minister and lector in her parish in Greensboro.
Nathan Elliott Kirkpatrick is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He served the Asbury-Longtown charge in Hamptonville, N.C., before joining the staff at Duke Divinity School. Kirkpatrick directs the Duke Course of Study in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, as well as leading Courage to Serve, the Institute of Preaching and other learning events for pastoral leaders. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Duke Divinity School.
Gretchen Ziegenhals is interested in the art of writing, teaching and learning. For 10 years, she was a consultant and writer for the Lexington Seminar, a project that assisted Protestant theological seminary faculties with such issues. For five years, she was an assistant editor at The Christian Century. After joining the staff at Leadership Education, she directed the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program and the Pastors and Scholars Studio, among other learning events. She currently directs Foundations of Christian Leadership and Denominational Leadership. , . Gretchen is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Williams College.
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