Adaptive Leadership in Anxious Times: Called to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going

September 28, 2021 - November 2, 2021
Tuesday mornings, 10:00a – 12:00p, September 28 – November 2 (Eastern Time)
$250; "We are currently asking participants to pay a flat fee of $250 per course, per person. We are offering a 20% discount for individuals who have registered for 3 or more courses within the same term, and we are also offering a 20% discount off the total cost for groups of 3 or more persons from the same parish. Where cost would be a sincere financial barrier to enrolment, we may offer a bursary. We do ask, as well, that participants prayerfully consider their ability to contribute above the required fee in order to support the enrolment of those who cannot."

he Most Reverend Colin R. Johnson

In these unprecedented times, God continues to lead us in new challenges where the precedented ways of leadership are not always helpful. Yet, this changed and ever-changing world remains the object of God’s missional intentions. God’s Spirit continues to give us gifts for these ventures of faith.

We can join in God’s mission with confidence and hope. The Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship offers this prayer for evening: “O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us.

Colin Johnson Niagara School for Missional Leadership

*Registration for this course is limited to ten total individual participants, but is open to lay and clergy.

What You’ll Learn

This course will introduce you to a particular practice of leadership that invites you to:

  • Connect to the core of our tradition,
  • Diagnose the issues accurately,
  • Mobilize the resources already present in the community, and
  • Respond creatively to the challenges that face us today.

How It Works

Join our instructor, Archbishop Colin Johnson, and an engaged learning community of fellow leaders and missional practitioners live online and in online forums.

  • Participate in six two-hour sessions with Archbishop Johnson and the learning community. The learning community will meet weekly on Tuesday mornings, 10:00a – 12:00p, September 28 – November 2.
  • Practice in your context. During the course you will be encouraged to apply your learning in your context in order to deepen your understanding.
  • Reflect within the learning community. Your new knowledge and experience will become even more meaningful when shared with other learning practitioners like yourself. You will use the online forums between sessions and break-out sessions within learning community gatherings to further integrate your learning.

Meet the Teacher-Practitioner

Archbishop Colin Johnson is an Honorary Assistant at St. James Cathedral. He retired as Archbishop of Toronto at the end of 2018. He currently coaches and mentors new bishops and is a board and faculty member of the Episcopal Church’s College for Bishops. He continues to lead conferences, retreats, and workshops in Canada, the US, and Hong Kong. He has particular interest in issues of leadership in challenging times, biblical interpretation, liturgy and prayer, missional strategy, safe church policy, and organizational change. The proud grandfather of three young granddaughters, he is relearning the second verses of old nursery rhymes, amongst his other reading and catching up on Netflix series he missed while working.