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This event consists of the initial workshop on January 21st, followed by ten cohort sessions over the twelve months beginning in February 2020.

Anticipated schedule for the January 21st workshop:
8:30 am – 9:00 am   Coffee & Gathering
9:00 am – 3:30 pm Workshop





How do we lead in a changing Church?  Pastors and lay leaders alike wrestle with this question almost every day. We have a call to serve and a love for God and the Church so how can understand leadership in this current age?

The Adaptive Leadership Academy invites us into conversation and learning together, led by Revs John Holm and Jonah Overton. Beginning with a one-day workshop in January and continuing throughout 2020 in cohort-based learning we will explore the challenge and opportunity of leadership anew.

One-Day Adaptive Leadership Workshop: January 21st 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adaptive Leadership Cohorts: Beginning February 2020; 10 cohort sessions in 12 months
Collaborative work on case studies presented by participants

Cost: $250 ($100 due with registration, balance of $150 due by 2/1/20)

Pre-Reading: Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz
Required reading: Chapters 1-4, 11 (or read the whole book if you can’t stop reading!)

The Adaptive Leadership Academy is led by Revs. John Holm and Jonah Overton.


Why John A. Holm?

John (John@johnholmconsulting.com) served as a dynamic and passionate Senior Pastor for 29 years including consulting with churches across the U.S. for the last 12 years. He is sought out for his supportive and collaborative approach to mission and ministry and to the work of mission development and visioning that engages teams. John has consulted with congregations and church judicatories in many different contexts, providing partnership in assessment, visioning, organizational development, conflict management and leadership development.

John excels in assessing the adaptive and transformational issues facing leaders and organizations and providing the facilitation and coaching needed to identify the various roles pastors find themselves navigating for missional success. His experience includes leading congregations through major organizational restructuring, building and stewardship projects, visioning and strategic planning, and leadership development. As part of John’s own leadership journey, he moved from being the leader whom people looked to for all the answers to one who engages others in the collaborative process of transformational and adaptive change and ministry development. John’s passion and vision is to come alongside congregations and church leaders to support, equip and develop them and their ministries based on their unique settings, callings and giftedness that each congregation has been given by God.

John has his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and completion of post-graduate education through the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary.



Why Jonah Overton?

Jonah Overton (jonah@zaomke.org) is a community organizer, relational organizing coach and consultant, and founding pastor of Zao MKE Church, a young church start in Milwaukee, WI. As a young, queer, trans (genderqueer) clergy person, Jonah brings their unique identity, background, and grounding in queer & trans theologies to all their ministry work. They are uniquely skilled at working with communities and groups to form vision, build strategic campaigns or projects, and build on small victories to transform whole communities over time.

Zao MKE Church is a new and growing church plant on Milwaukee’s East Side, which launched Sunday services just a year ago in January 2018. With a diverse leadership team all under the age of 40 and drawing from a worshipping body of over 100 active participants, Zao is leading the movement toward radical urban ministry among progressive Millennials. Zao is a church made up of people who have been demographically all but written off by the church. As both Zao’s church planter and a community organizer, Jonah’s focus on relationship building and leadership development has equipped them to take teams, churches, and coalitions into boundary-shattering ministries while deepening a shared sense of identity, purpose, and belonging. This kind of growth pushes a community to make room for new people, new demographics, and new vision.

Jonah has an undergraduate degree in Sociology (BA) from Illinois State University, a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Master of Social Work (AM SSA) from the University of Chicago.


January 21, 2020
8:30 am - 3:00 pm