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
Aqueduct Conference Center
Chapel Hill, N.C.
The registration fee for this program is $850, which includes all meals and program fees. A discounted registration rate of $650 is available for institutional leaders who have been in their positions fewer than three years.
Housing is available for an additional fee. Single room accommodations at the Aqueduct Conference Center are $350 per person for three nights. Double room accommodations, if available, are $200 per person for those participants who are willing to share a room for three nights. Commuters arranging their own housing are welcome and pay no additional fee. Payment will be due after admissions decisions have been made. Transportation is the responsibility of the participant.
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 25 participants.
In order to complete your application, you will need to create one Word document that includes your resume and answers to the four essay questions that are required in order to complete the application. You will be asked to upload the document prior to submitting your application. If necessary, you may submit your resume separately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to apply for the program. The application for the November 2015 cohort will be available in the coming weeks.
For inquiries about the program, please email email@example.com with the subject line: Denominational Leadership.
Marlon F. Hall is a storyteller who uses photography, anthropology, filmmaking and writing to share stories of love, imagination and passion. In addition to creating films through Folklore Films, he is the cultural architect and spiritual leader of The Awakenings Movement, a grassroots community of social visionaries and culture shapers in Houston, Detroit and Nairobi.
Hall serves on the faculty of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity’s Foundations of Christian Leadership and Denominational Leadership courses. He has produced films for these programs and advises on issues of innovation and culture making.
Nathan Elliott Kirkpatrick is the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. In this role, he designs educational programs, facilitates leadership development opportunities for clergy, denominational and institutional leaders, works with publisher Rowman & Littlefield to publish Alban books, and consults with senior church leaders around the United States and abroad. He has degrees from Wake Forest University and Duke University Divinity School and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Durham in Durham, U.K., studying trends and patterns in clergy formation. He is in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church.
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.613.5323 for more information.
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