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? In times of uncertainty, how do we learn from our mistakes and find our way forward?

Susan Beaumont - a consultant, author, and coach, who has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies calls such in-between times 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.

How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, a four part webinar, offers practical hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. It helps leaders stand firm in a disoriented state, learning from their mistakes and leading despite the confusion. With rich stories and real-world examples, Beaumont helps guide others through practices that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution.  All webinars will begin at 10:00.   

Rev. Beaumont is an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA.

Susan’s educational background includes a M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary.  She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute Spiritual Guidance program.

Susan 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.

The four-part webinar series begins on September 24, with Session 1, entitled Negotiating a Liminal Season. Liminality refers to the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs during transition, when a person or group of people is in between something that has ended and something else that is not yet ready to begin. During this session, we introduce liminality and explore the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in liminal space. We will explore this pandemic season as a liminal season requiring a unique leadership stance and a different body of leadership work.

Session 2 is on October 1. Engaging the Soulfulness of the Institution Dives into how the soul is the authentic and truest self of the organization, the source of its divine calling and character, and the protector of institutional integrity. In liminal seasons we rely upon the soul of the institution to guide our leadership choices and our learning. This session explores spiritual shifts and practices that will help leaders connect with the soul of the institutions they lead.

Moving from Decision Making to Discernment is the topic for Session 3 on October 8. Most congregations rely on rational decision making to guide their leadership choices. Liminal seasons invite us to shift out of rational decision-making mode and into a discerning mindset. Discernment is an attentiveness to God that, over time, develops into a shared sense of God’s intention for us and our community now. During this session, we will explore the challenge of working with discernment in communal settings during times of high anxiety and uncertainty.


We wrap up the four-part webinar series on October 15 with Coaxing Order out of Chaos.

Eventually, the disorientation we are experiencing will find resolution. The process by which this happens is known as emergence. Reorientation will occur; it is the natural order of things for coherence to emerge out of chaos. Emergence is naturally leaderless activity. Leaders cannot manage the process on behalf of the organization, but leaders can nurture a climate of disruption, innovation, learning and risk-taking, supporting the emergence of new order as it appears. In this final session of the four-part series, we will focus on inviting meaning making, finding new purpose, and fostering innovation.


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Topic: How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going Session 1

When: Sep 24, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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