The Shape of Leadership


Ready for the next step in your professional growth? Need connections with colleagues? Want to learn more about how your gifts and abilities SHAPE your leadership? Step back from the tyranny of the “to do” list and attend to the deeper issues of leadership. SHAPE provides opportunities for growth that are both rare and essential in these challenging times.

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The SHAPE of Leadership is for ministers who want to make a significant impact on the future of the church through their own bold leadership. An ecumenical program, SHAPE participants gather throughout the course of one year to develop their leadership through experimenting with innovative practices, increasing self-awareness, developing a support system of colleagues, and learning to navigate change, conflict, and the daily challenges of ministry. Participants integrate their personal theological and Biblical commitments with leadership concepts and practices from a variety of disciplines, especially the adaptive leadership famework. Core to the program is deepening self-awareness and leading from that place along with a focus on resilience through intentional connection with the Divine. The program is highly experiential and collaborative and offers the opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships among high-potential leaders in the church.

This is your invitation to shape your leadership in a highly experiential, reflective, and supportive environment.

Dates (4:00 pm Sun – 12:00 noon Tues):

September 29-Oct 1, 2019 Who am I as leader?
November 17-19, 2019 Power and influence in leadership
January 12-14, 2020 Conflict and Leadership
April 26-28, 2020 Leading Adaptive Change in the 21st century church

$1800 for the year-long program
(Scholarships potentially available. Please inquire.)
(Includes room and board)

Contact Mary Kay DuChene for more information at


Mary Kay Mary Kay DuChene B. S., MA.

Creator of the SHAPE program, Mary Kay has a long career in leadership coaching and consulting in the corporate world. Called to devote her work to the church, in 2010 she brought that expertise to clergy through the SHAPE program. Today, in addition to facilitating leadership development experiences, Mary Kay serves clergy and staff teams doing one-to-one and group leadership development, team building, strategic planning, and organizational development consulting. Mary Kay is also an assistant to the Bishop in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, and has an MA from Luther Seminary. She has also served a large Lutheran Church in Minnesota.

Mary Davis Rev. Mary Davis Mdiv, MA

An ordained Episcopal priest, Mary is Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chatham, NJ. Since arriving in 2011, membership has doubled and the first successful capital campaign in 20 years was recently completed. Mary has a BA in political science from The University of the South (Sewanee, TN) and an MA in Education from Columbia University's Teacher's College. Married for 28 years, her call to ministry surfaced while raising 3 boys, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum. Mary attended Drew Theological School where she received the award for preaching and traveled to the monastery in Taize, France, a trip that dramatically impacted her spiritual life. She currently serves on the Board of Crossroads and with Newark Shared Ministries.

Christa ComptonMary Davis Christa Compton, BA, MT, PhD, MDiv

Christa is a Lutheran pastor serving at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chatham, NJ. She brings 17 years of experience as an educator to the work of ministry. As a high school English teacher, Christa was named the 2001 SC Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and an MDiv from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Christa chairs the Candidacy Committee of the NJ Synod, serves as a member of the Accreditation Commission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and writes Preaching Helps for Currents in Theology and Mission. She loves teaching people about the Bible and about faith, inviting conversations about all doubts, questions, and curiosities.

Website Anthony Anthony Briggs Mdiv, MA

Anthony is Executive Director of Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, an Episcopal-Lutheran Outdoor Ministry in New Jersey. He is originally om NC and has worked professionally in Youth and Outdoor Ministries for over 30 years. Anthony has a passion for equipping others to grow and to lead. His experience recruiting, training, and mentoring young adult leaders over the years has given him a few gray hairs and a deep understanding of leadership development. He is excited to be a part of SHAPE because it has been in relationships and community that Anthony has most profoundly experienced God’s presence.

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