How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going

AUGUST 27-28, 2020

How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Such in-between times are called liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. But leaders can still lead.

Liminal seasons call for a different kind of leadership presence, one that connects the soul of leaders with the soul of the institution.

Learning outcomes:


  • Enter a three-way conversation engaging God, the soul of the leader, and the soul of the institution.

  • Explore three fundamental shifts in orientation that invite a more soulful leadership presence: from knowing to unknowing; from advocating to attending; from striving to surrender.

  • Understand four bodies of work that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution: clarifying vocation & values, shaping institutional memory, deepening group discernment and engaging emergence.

  • Examine the leadership challenges and opportunities inherent in liminal seasons.


Registration will close on August 24, 2020.

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  • $240

    Tuition
    (Tuition includes workbook and copy of the book When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Congregations)

  • 12

    Contact Hours

  • Class Times

    9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Seminar Leaders

    Susan Beaumont has consulted with more than 100 congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and Canada. Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked for nine years with the Alban Institute. She is known for engaging the best of business practice, filtered through the lens of careful theological reflection. She moves easily between discernment and decision making, and nurtures the soul of the leader along with the soul of the institution.