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Leading a Vibrant Faith Community

Today’s leaders of faith based institutions are not only expected to inspire and transform their congregations, but they are also responsible for both the management of the organization and successfully leading teams of staff and volunteers. In this new residential program, designed specifically for leaders of faith based institutions, participants will have the opportunity to learn leadership and management skills while applying the learning objectives directly to the challenges they face.

Combining the rigor of academic faculty with the expertise of faith based practitioners, this four-day executive education program will provide leaders with cutting edge theory in leadership, strategy, and team building along with key lessons in managing conflict, understanding congregational culture, and navigating the multiple roles of the faith based leader. This unique educational experience provides an opportunity for leaders of faith based institutions to network with each other as well as to learn from leading experts in management.

Upcoming Sessions
Session Date Cost
January 26-27, 2015 $1,000 Apply

This program is designed as a non-denominational learning experience and therefore is open to senior leaders of all faith communities.
Work/Life Balance
"Work/Life Balance"--the very words suggest the kind of separation we often experience between the work we do for a living and the rest of the lives we live. Faith leaders struggle with this balance in their own lives as much as members of their congregations. In three reflections that explore the ways in which we unwittingly allow work and life to pull apart, and we'll look at how the principles of faith can bring them back together. It is the goal of these sessions to offer faith leaders food for thought for building their own joy in work and ideas which can be incorporated into their own teaching, too.

Conflict Resolution & Negotiations
This session will explore the psychological motives and principles underlying interpersonal and intergroup conflict, will focus on the barriers to overcoming conflict, and will discuss effective strategies for managing and resolving conflict.

Community Engagement
Leaders of organizations must be able to manage their relationships with community members if they are going to effectively accomplish their goals. The focus of this seminar is to discuss how leaders can best manage those relationships and engage their community in order to build value (and values) for both the organization and the community of which it is a part. We will focus on two components of community engagement: 1) creating a coherent identity that resonates with the broader community and 2) mobilizing community support.

Catalyzing Intergenerational Impact
One of the most critical challenges facing leaders of faith communities is how to connect with, engage, and mobilize people of five different generations to advance the mission of the faith community. This session will equip leaders with practical strategies and peer-to-peer insights for better understanding and bridging the generational divides within the congregation, motivating and strategically leveraging the strengths of each generation, and catalyzing intergenerational collaboration to advance the mission of the faith community.

Changing Lanes: Navigating Transitions 
The old adage goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Even some of the most gifted leaders in faith communities fail to plan for the intentional, smooth transition of leadership within their congregations. Successful leadership transitions can provide much needed intergenerational stability for faith communities, while failed transitions can cause precipitous declines in attendance, engagement, morale, and giving. This session will give leaders practical principles and peer-to-peer insights on how to plan for and navigate successful leadership succession in faith communities.

“Peak” Performance: Harnessing Teams to Achieve Organizational Objectives
In this session, a Mt Everest Expedition simulation will be used as the foundation for participants to learn about building, participating in, and leading effective teams. Specifically, during the session participants will explore various models of team leadership, examine strategies to improve decision making and communication, and analyze the impact of conflict on team performance.

Building a Vibrant Faith Community: From Ordinary to Excellent!
Building upon the VRIN principles (valuable, rare, imperfectly imitable, and non-substitutable) identified by Jay Barney, this session will prepare leaders to engage their faith communities in a process of determining and capitalizing on those factors that attract membership, and build enthusiasm for the promotion of the mission. Participants will take part in an active process of evaluating which functions are part of every community’s responsibilities and those functions that are “outliers of excellence” that set their congregation above and beyond the norm. Additionally, the importance of utilizing quantitative and qualitative metrics as measurements of success will be discussed.

Leading Contagious Change
This highly interactive session will blend theoretical perspectives and practical insights on change in organizations to help leaders to understand the various pathways to change, understand the process of motivating their stakeholders through change, and acquire strategies and skills for leading contagious change in faith communities. This session will feature an experiential opportunity for participants to collaborate with each other to navigate the dynamics of leading change in complex organizational contexts.
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

Gail Berger - Lecturer

Lisa A Fortini-Campbell - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Brayden King - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Liz Livingston Howard - Clinical Associate Professor of Management; Director of Non-Profit Executive Education

Donna Markham - Donna Markham, OP; Vice President, Catholic Health Partners

Adam Waytz - 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.

The program will start at 8:30 am on Monday, January 26, 2015 and end at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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 5:00 pm on January 23, 2015.
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