Stepping Up to Supervision

August 17, 2021 - August 31, 2021
August 17, 24, & 31 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. PaulMN

Preaching? Check. Teaching? Absolutely. Visiting the sick and working to make your community better? Yes, please. All of that may come naturally compared to supervising other people. If you feel like your education prepared you for everything but this critical part of the job, you’re not the only one.

Supervision—especially within congregations and faith communities—requires a unique set of skills to be successful. This course is where those skills are developed.

What You’ll Learn

  • The importance of job descriptions and how to design them effectively
  • How to hire the right people, so that managing becomes easier
  • Techniques for setting performance expectations
  • What to do when terminating employment is necessary
  • The interface between employment and covenantal relationships
  • and so much more!


This workshop will help you shift ministry models by harnessing the skills of agile leadership and management to respond to a changing cultural landscape.

Workshop Agenda

  • Session 1: Supervision As Performance Management
  • Session 2: Feedback: From Daily Practice to Annual Reviews
  • Session 3: How to Hire & Fire Well

  • Session 1:
    Supervision As Performance Management

    Supervision within a congregation begins by understanding the tension between employment relationships and covenantal relationships. We’ll also explore the need for a performance management system and clarify the three unique sets of expectations for every staff member.

  • Session 2:
    Feedback: From Daily Practice to Annual Reviews

    In our second session, we’ll discuss the ways in which feedback impacts your performance management system. From daily check-ins and quarterly goal reviews to the all-important annual appraisal process, you’ll learn how to craft your reactions and responses effectively.

  • Session 3:
    How to Hire & Fire Well

    Your congregation is vulnerable to 10 pitfalls in the hiring process. Do you know what they are? Hiring the right people makes supervision easier and more enjoyable. Even then, it will be necessary to end some employment relationships. Learn the right way before it happens.

Meet the Instructor

Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, and spiritual director, as well as an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA. She has worked with hundreds of faith communities across the United States and Canada and is especially 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, with hands-on corporate experience in human resource management and organizational development. She currently teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Susan is the author of How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season, and Inside the Large Congregation. She is also the co-author of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in the Large Congregation.

With an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary, Susan is known for blending best business practices with careful spiritual reflection. She moves naturally between discernment and decision-making, nurturing the souls of leaders and institutions alike.

How it Works

Join our host, Susan Beaumont, and an engaged learning cohort of faith leaders live and online!

  • Participate in three 3 ½ hour webcast sessions

    Join us on the last three Tuesdays in August (from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CDT) as we work through the complexities of supervision together and in groups.

  • Discuss your experience within a safe context

    Throughout the course, breakout sessions will allow chances to discuss and apply what you’re learning with people facing the same obstacles as you.

  • Develop Meaningful Connections

    Supervision can be an isolating experience sometimes. That’s why it’s important to have people to turn to who understand the issues you’re facing. This course will allow you to build those relationships.


Get access to the full course for just $195.

  • Three live webcasts (nine contact hours)
  • On-demand replay of the entire course
  • Experiments and assignments to try in context
  • A safe space to connect, discuss, and share