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 into 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
October 31 – November 3, 2016
Aqueduct Conference Center
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Application deadline: Sept. 19, 2016
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 email@example.com. There is no cost to apply for the program.
The application for the Fall 2016 cohort will be available in June.
For inquiries about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 program director for Denominational Leadership and 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 ordained in the Episcopal Church.
David L. Odom joined Duke Divinity School in August 2007 to launch Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and now oversees all of its programs and publications, including Faith & Leadership. He regularly teaches and facilitates events and both writes and solicits content for Faith & Leadership. In addition, Odom develops and supervises select initiatives at Duke Divinity School, where he serves as an associate dean. Before coming to Duke, Odom was the founder and president of the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, N.C., which supported healthy communities of faith through consultation, leadership development, interim ministry training and vocational discernment. Odom, who was an adjunct professor at Wake Forest Divinity School, has extensive experience in program development and evaluation, staff and adjunct faculty development and strategic organizational management. He also plays a leadership role in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is a graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary.
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