BUILD AS WE FLY

Innovation in a time of crisis
with Rev. Louise Johnson

Engage in deep reflection about what has been happening.

Think strategically about what it might mean for the future of your congregation.

IN THIS 6-SESSION ONLINE COURSE YOU WILL:

  • Build spiritual resiliency to lead change in high personal and professional anxiety
  • Learn how framing a crisis sets the stage for future work
  • Build muscle for observation and imagination
  • Identify and form the right leadership team within your congregation for this season
  • Deepen your capacity not only to think about change, but to plan and act strategically
  • Reflect on and learn from failure/mistakes

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

  • Consistent practice of prayer, scripture reading and reflection
  • Review of weekly workbook sessions and questions for reflection
  • Engagement with leadership materials in your congregation and community (ongoing)

For Pastors:

  • Join a cohort of 6 pastors from across the country for mutual support, challenge and accountability.
  • Contact LEAD if you have questions.

For Congregations:

  • Teams of leaders from the same congregation gather together to learn, plan, and lead. These teams receive individualized attention to their particular context and challenges.
  • Contact LEAD if you have questions.

Interested?

Let us know. We will contact you if we add new cohorts.

Questions? Contact Louise

Email: Louise@waytolead.org
Phone: 484-941-1425

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Session 1: Building Relationships

  • Sharing personal and congregational goals, gifts, needs, and challenges
  • Group covenant: showing up in adaptive leadership work
  • Share spiritual practices and commit to them

Session 2: Building Infrastructure

  • Observe what is happening around you.
  • Interpret: Identify and cultivate spiritual elders
  • Frame the moment and the questions.
  • Listen to your “neighborhood”

Session 3: Building Skills

  • Adaptive vs. Technical
  • Share Observations
  • Interpret: Holding multiple interpretations; elegance and tenacity of the status quo 

Session 4: Building Resilience

  • Loss and grief
  • Managing the heat
  • Power vs. authority
  • Spiritual tools

Session 5: Building a Plan

  • Designing interventions/experiments
  • Resource and information gathering
  • Formal and informal communication
  • Measuring: Timeline, budget, goals 

Session 6: Building Sustainability

  • The iterative nature of adaptive work
  • Building an adaptive culture
  • Tools for ongoing work
REV. LOUISE JOHNSON

REV. LOUISE JOHNSON

COURSE LEADER

Build as We Fly will be led by the Rev. Louise Johnson, Director for Leadership Development. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Louise is also trained in Adaptive Leadership and has a long track record developing effective strategies that revitalize ministries. In her most recent call, she served as President of Wartburg Theological Seminary, where enrollment and giving grew to record levels in just four years.