Stepping Up to Supervision


Are you stepping into unfamiliar territory where you must supervise others, or have you been supervising others for some time, without a clear understanding of what you're doing?

Supervision, especially in a faith-based environment, requires learning new skills: how to communicate expectations, achieve team objectives, or even terminate a poor performer. If you're like most faith leaders, you probably didn't learn much about this in seminary!

Becoming a skilled supervisor will improve your ability to make an impact within your team and congregation as a whole. This always-popular course, led by foremost church organization expert Susan Beaumont, is now a six-week online learning experience that will help you make sure you become the supervisor you were called to be.


What You'll Learn

  • What supervision and performance management really mean—especially in a faith-based context

  • How covenantal and employment relationships inform one another in practical ways

  • Strategies for creating job descriptions that include clear expectations and accountability

  • Three types of feedback conversations and when to use them: the daily check-in, the quarterly goals update and the annual performance appraisal

  • How to make the right hiring decision the first time—so that managing becomes easier

  • What it takes to design and implement performance goals that motivate

  • The right way to deal with a chronic underperformer

  • How to implement a process of progressive discipline from performance improvement plan to termination

How It Works

Join Susan Beaumont and an cohort of trusted colleagues live online for six weeks.

  • Watch pre-recorded lectures by Susan Beaumont

    Each week, you'll engage Susan's high-impact content in the form of a pre-recorded video lecture you can watch on your own time.

  • Complete lessons in Susan's book and workbook

    During the course, you'll go through Susan's book, When Moses Met Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Congregations (sold separately) and accompanying workbook (included in your registration), which you'll use throughout the six-week experience.

  • Engage a weekly one-hour interactive online experience

    During the interactive experience, you'll be able to ask Susan questions and participate in a small-group case study exercise.

  • Make meaningful connections with leaders like you

    Learning to be an effective supervisor takes a village! You'll be able to stay connected with the leaders you meet in this digital cohort for as long as you'd like.

Students say

So practical. Ms. Beaumont gets the church and culture of congregations.

“Exactly what I needed. Well organized in terms of time, length and content.”

“It was very practical. I wish I had this two decades ago!”

Join the Course

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  • $240

    (Tuition includes workbook; you'll need to additionally purchase a copy of the book When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Congregations, available in digital format)

  • 12

    Contact Hours

  • 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.