Leading In A Liminal Season

July 23, 2018 - July 24, 2018
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN

July 23-24, 2018


How do you lead when you don’t know where you are going? When you are stuck between something that has ended and a new thing not yet begun?

Welcome to liminality — a state of ambiguity and disorientation that occurs in transitory situations. Neither here nor there, you are caught between established practices that no longer work and new processes that are not yet clear.

Liminal seasons call for a different kind of leadership presence, one that connects the soul of leaders with the soul of the institution. Liminal seasons also call for a different body of work.

The soul of the institution is the divine spark that inspires ministry and invites transformation within the organization. The soul of the institution is the authentic and truest self of the institution, the source of divine calling, and the protector of institutional integrity.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Enter a three-way conversation connecting God, the soul of the leader and the soul of the institution.
  • Examine the inherent leadership challenges and opportunities in liminal seasons.
  • 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.
  • Understand four bodies of work that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution: clarifying vocation and values, shaping institutional memory, deepening group discernment and engaging emergence.

Tuition: $240

Contact Hours: 12

Class Times:

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Seminar Leaders:

Susan Beaumont has consulted with more than 100 congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and Canada. Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked for nine years with the Alban Institute. She is known for engaging the best of business practice, filtered through the lens of careful theological reflection. She moves easily between discernment and decision making, and nurtures the soul of the leader along with the soul of the institution.

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