Master Seminar: The Dynamics of Leadership in Faith-Based Organizations – 10/3-10/5/2017

The Dynamics of Leadership in Faith-Based Organizations
October 3-5, 2017
Presenter: Marisa Guerin, Ph.D.
$400 tuition, including all meals at Cranaleith;
$100 for two nights’ lodging at Cranaleith, subject to limited availability

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Is this the seminar for you?

The program is designed for persons holding leadership responsibility in religious congregations or in ministries or organizations sponsored by a faith community. Topics include:

  • Understanding the psychodynamics of roles, boundaries, power and authority in faith-based systems
  • Effective leadership under conditions of constant change
  • Psychological and spiritual capacity for “holding the whole”
  • Methods of planning, decision-making, and conflict resolution
  • Understanding how to manage the rational, political, emotional and spiritual experiences of change

Seminar Content

  • Religious entities as hybrid systems – both communities, and organizations with work to do
  • Faith-based organizations as human systems with primary tasks and designed structures
  • The power of roles and boundaries to further the mission, or to impede collective effort
  • Authorization – An essential dynamic, and uniquely challenging for many religious groups
  • Unconscious anxiety in the presence of risk, stressful work, or conflict
  • Containment, spirituality and “negative capability” in organizational leadership
  • Methods of handling conflict and decision-making in spirit-led organizations
  • Core concepts of strategic planning as they apply to spirit-led groups
  • Planning as realistic action vs. planning as denial or organizational ritual
  • Change management: rational, emotional/spiritual, political and behavioral
  • The spirituality of leading with compassion for the stresses of change

About the Presenter

Marisa Guerin, Ph.D. founded Guerin Management Consulting, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2000. She is a highly-regarded consultant who has worked with the executives and leadership teams of over 50 client organizations – major corporations, family businesses, non-profits and religious organizations. She addresses issues of planning, strategy, leadership effectiveness and organizational performance. n addition to her consulting experience, Marisa was Corporate VP Human Resources for Rohm and Haas Company (now a division of Dow); Project Faculty for Wharton School of Business programs in Peru, Colombia, and Chile; Consultant and educator for the Center for Ministry Development; and Director of the National CYO Federation. She has served on the Boards of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, the Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Urban Affairs Coalition of Philadelphia, Mercy Health System SEPA and Cranaleith Spiritual Center.

Marisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania (1974), a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from American University (1983), and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University (1996). For more information, go to: 

What Previous Participants Had to Say

“Outstanding! I want to urge several colleagues to consider attending as it is a unique kind of offering for organizations.” – University Administrator

“Superb – I’m hoping every one of my team members has the opportunity to attend.” – Member of Elected Leadership Team, Religious Congregation

“The seminar was exceptional! It helped me to get in touch with concepts in ways that can be applicable to the new complex situation in which I‘m involved… Use of real-life examples helped make the concepts tangible.”

– Healthcare Mission Leader

“Seminar exceeded goals – I come away with very specific projects as well as an overall organizational sense of what I need to address.  Excellent, practical, stretching, engaging.” – Religious Community General Superior

“The participants are in high-profile positions and they show courage, passion and vision for their work. Their wisdom adds to the experience.” – Program Leader in National Organization

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