Leadership Essentials

June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN

June 11-13, 2018


Rev. Frank Thomas has written, “Leadership is the spiritual process of discerning what one believes (clarity), acting on that belief in the public arena (decisiveness), and standing behind that action despite the varied responses of the people (courage).” Systems thinking reminds us that when one of its parts changes, the whole of the organism is affected. Congregations are organisms that have grown into organizations. Change is a natural result.  Organizations (congregations) manifest structure, purpose, stories, sub-systems, pattern replication and a place among multiple contexts. These systems components require skilled management competencies so that leadership can be exercised.

This seminar, designed for 21st century congregational leaders, explores the pathways to adaptive leadership where technical fixes do not apply. Self-awareness on the part of leadership team members is defined and examined as essential to authentic leadership. Shared vision, personal mastery, mental models and team-learning are examined as essential to effective congregational leadership.

Tuition: $250

Contact Hours: 15

Class Times:

  • Monday, 1-5 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon, 2-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Seminar Leaders:

Paul N. Svingen, ELCA interim consultant and educator, served as intentional interim pastor in the Minneapolis Area Synod and the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA. He has more than 20 years of experience as a trainer of interim pastors.

Tim Drom, ELCA pastor, served as intentional interim pastor in the Pacifica Synod and the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA.


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