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 designed for rostered leaders who want to make a significant impact on the future of the church. An ecumenical program, SHAPE participants will gather through the course of one year to develop their leadership—through experimenting with innovative practices, deepening self-awareness, developing a support system of colleagues, and learning to navigate change, conflict, and the daily challenges of ministry leadership. Participants integrate theological and Biblical commitments with leadership concepts and practices om a variety of disciplines, especially the adaptive leadership famework. Core to the program is deepening self-awareness and leading om that place. 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 interactive, reflective, and supportive environment.

Dates (5:00 pm Sun – 12:00 noon Tues):

September 30-Oct 2, 2018 Who am I as leader?
November 11-13, 2018 Power and influence
January 13-15, 2019 Leading and managing conflict
April 28-30, 2019 Leading adaptive change in the 21st century church

$1700 for the year-long program
(Scholarships potentially available. Please inquire.)
(Includes room and board)

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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. 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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Port Murray, NJ 07865

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