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Leading a Vibrant Faith Community

Today’s leaders of faith-based institutions are expected to not only spiritually inspire and engage their congregations – they are also expected to effectively manage complex organizations and skillfully lead teams of staff and volunteers. Faith leaders are often confronted with the challenge of figuring out how to supplement their seminary/religious training with the skills needed for effective 21st-century organizational leadership. Kellogg’s new residential executive education program, designed specifically for leaders of faith-based institutions, will give participants the opportunity to learn contemporary leadership and management skills while applying the learning objectives directly to the challenges they face in the faith-based organizations they serve.

Combining the academic rigor of Kellogg’s world-renowned faculty with the expertise of leading faith-based practitioners, this two-day executive education program will provide leaders with cutting edge theory in leadership, strategy, and volunteer management, building an effective relationship with their board or advisory group, and understanding organizational culture. This unique educational experience provides an opportunity for leaders of faith-based institutions to connect with each other to form relationships that span across denominational, geographic, and ethnic boundaries.  

This program will be held at the James. L. Allen Center in Evanston, IL.

For more information about this program, please contact Jennifer Paul at or (847) 467-0866

Upcoming Sessions

This program is designed as a non-denominational learning experience and is therefore open to senior and associate leaders of all faith communities. This is an ideal opportunity for teams of leaders from the same faith community to attend the program together.

*If you attended Leading a Vibrant Faith Community in January 2014, this program is new content.

*You do not have to attend Leading a Vibrant Faith Community II in order to attend this program. They are designed as stand-alone programs, allowing participants to choose the program(s) that best fit(s) their learning needs.
  1. Leadership Today
  2. Leading Intergenerational Collaboration in Ministry

Tracked Sessions:

      Track 1 (for Associate/Assistant Leaders)
  1. Leading Without Formal Authority
  2. Engaging Volunteers
      Track 2 (for Senior Leaders)
  1. Motivating through Culture
  2. Leveraging the Relationship with the Board
Jennifer Paul - Academic Director; Assistant Director, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Nicholas A. Pearce - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

Location and Accommodations: This program will be held at the James L. Allen Center, located at 2169 Campus Drive in Evanston, IL. This is a residential program and participants will stay on campus at the Allen Center for the duration of the program.

Schedule: The program will start at 10:00am on Monday, January 26, 2015 and ends at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. There will be an optional Opening Dinner on Sunday, January 25 at 6:00pm and an optional dinner on Tuesday evening.

Lodging is available for both Sunday and Tuesday evenings, to accommodate travel. Once you have registered for the program, we will give you more information on those arrangements.

Cost: The tuition for this program is $1,000 per person, which includes all lodging, meals, and program materials. Scholarships are available for this program, as the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management does not want financial burden to inhibit learning. For more information on scholarships, call 847-491-3415.

Application Deadline: The deadline for registration is 10:00am on January 23, 2015.
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