A Church Leader Retreat Day
How to Lead When You Don’t Know
Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season
Thursday, September 10 starting at 9 am via ZOOM
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? Times like these 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.
Pastors and Church Leaders in the Presbyteries of New Jersey are invited to a one-day virtual event with author Rev. Susan Beaumont for a day of conversation and learning on leading during liminal ( and pandemic) seasons.
The retreat day will explore Rev. Beaumont’s work as facilitator and consultant for congregations and organizations working through those unknown and uncharted paths of a church’s journey.
Registration and Details
All participants will receive a workbook to use during the workshop. These will be sent electronically with the ZOOM login information.
Participants are encouraged to purchase Rev. Beaumont’s book, How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going.
Participants may purchase a copy of the book at rowman.com using the code RLFANDF30 for ebook purchases.
The cost of the retreat is free to all New Jersey Presbytery church leaders but you must register. The sessions will be recorded but can only be distributed to those who registered.
Deadline for registration is September 8 at 3 pm. This is a hard deadline, no registrations will be taken after this time. Zoom login information will be sent to those registered on September 9.
Date – Time – Schedule
- September 10: beginning at 9:00 closing around 4 pm. (starting and ending times may change)
- Beginning at 9:00 with coffee time (bring your own), opening prayers and instructions for the days seminars. Seminar 1 begins at 9:30
- Seminar 1 – Negotiating a Liminal Season
- Seminar 2 – Leading with Presence (bring your lunch)
- Seminar 3 – Tending the Soul of the Institution
- Closing prayer
Seminar #1: Negotiating a Liminal season
Liminality is the ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in transitory situations and spaces, when a person or group of people is betwixt and between something that has ended, and a new situation not yet begun. Participants in this workshop will explore the:
• Conditions that give rise to liminality in an organization
• Behavioral patterns associated with liminality
• Leadership challenges and opportunities inherent in liminal seasons.
Seminar #2: Leading with Presence
Liminal seasons call for a different kind of leadership presence, one that connects the soul of leaders with the soul of the institution. In this session we 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
Seminar #3: Tending the Soul of the Institution
Many of the traditional leadership activities that we engage during stable seasons don’t serve us well in liminal seasons. In this workshop, participants will explore four bodies of work that help an organization negotiate liminality. Participants will learn practices for:
• Deepening group discernment
• Shaping institutional memory
• Clarifying purpose
• Engaging emergence
Rev. Susan Beaumont will facilitate a conversation that examines how Liminal seasons call for a different kind of leadership presence, one that connects the soul of leaders with the soul of the institution. The conversation will examine the leadership challenges and opportunities inherent in liminal seasons. Explore fundamental shifts in orientation that invite a more soulful presence and understand the bodies of work that will connect mission, vision and values with the soul of the organization.
Rev. Susan Beaumont
Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, and coach. She has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada. She is known for her ground-breaking work in the leadership dynamics of large congregations.
Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked for nine years as a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Susan has also served on the faculty of two business schools, teaching graduate level courses in leadership, management and organizational behavior. She has corporate experience in human resource management and organizational development. She currently teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary.