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Fall Leadership Conference

October 12-14, 2020


We will not meet this year in person, but we invite you to enjoy this time together with colleagues and leaders across the synod. We will meet on the Zoom platform as we welcome our keynote speaker: Susan Beaumont, author of How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season. In this season of life and ministry when we do not know exactly where we are going as the Church, this topic is even more relevant than we knew when we invited her to be with us. Participants are invited, but not required to read her book prior to the event.

Our preacher for worship on Monday morning is the Rev. Lamont Wells, ELCA Program Director, Campus Ministry (LuMin Network) and the National President African Descent Lutheran Association.

Though this is an annual synod event, feel free to share news of this event with people beyond the synod who might be interested in participating.

The event fee is $50.
Registration closes on October 8, 2020.

Schedule (All sessions will take place on zoom):

Monday, October 12

  • 9:30 a.m. – Opening Worship (with Rev. Lamont Wells)
  • 10:30 – Introductions and Welcome
  • 11:30 – Lunch Break (time off the computer)
  • 1:00-3:00 pm – Susan Beaumont: Introduction to Liminality (session times include presentation, individual, small group and large group work.)
  • Break
  • 3:45-4:45 – Time with the Bishop and Staff
  • 5:00 – End of the day OR Virtual happy hour hosted by pastors on the FLC planning team

Tuesday, October 13

  • 8:45 a.m. – Morning prayer
  • 9:15-11:15 – Susan Beaumont: Leading with Presence*
  • Break for lunch, rest
  • 1:15-3:15 pm – Susan Beaumont: Tending to the Soul of the Institution*
  • 3:30 – OPTIONAL conversation on:
    • Where do we go from here?
    • How can we support each other going forward?
    • Please note: this conversation will also be offered at the Rostered Minister Zoom on Tuesday, October 20th, at 1:00 p.m.
  • 4:30 – Close of the conference

Wednesday, October 14

  • Recommended day-off for reflection, renewal, and rest


Notes of encouragement:

Time for Rest– We hope this can be a time for rest from the many pressures and stresses of the past months. Even though we cannot gather in person, we encourage our leaders to set aside this time without the intrusion of the day-to-day ministry tasks. Give yourself permission to step away and let your council leaders know that this is time away that is expected for Rostered Ministers per our annual compensation guidelines.

Step away, if possible – The cost of this conference is low because we are not paying for facilities, food, and lodging. Perhaps consider using what your congregation has budgeted and apply it to a hotel or Airbnb away from home. Lutherdale also has a beautiful new lodge with hotel style rooms, wifi, and an area to prepare your food. If it would be helpful, the synod is glad to send a letter of encouragement to congregational leaders in support of this option. Please request such a letter from Jennifer Arnold at jennifer@milwaukeesynod.org.

Wellness Dollars Grant – Please remember that Rostered Ministers may apply for an annual $100 Wellness Grant. This can be used toward Fall Leadership Conference or for any other activity or resource that encourages your wellness. Here is a link to the Wellness Grant Request:


Featured Speaker – Susan Beaumont

Author of How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season and more!

Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, and coach.  She has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada.  She is 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.  She has 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 co-author of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in the Large Congregation.

Rev. Beaumont is an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA.  She currently attends a Presbyterian Congregation.

Susan’s educational background includes an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and an 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.

You may purchase a copy of Susan’s book at rowman.com using discount code RLFANDF30.


October 12, 2020
October 14, 2020