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contact: Rebecca Wilson, 330-524-2067
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, February 9, 2011—Business savvy and theology dovetail this summer in an innovative one-week leadership program offered by Seabury Western Theological Seminary in partnership with the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University.
The Seabury Nonprofit Management Institute is a custom educational program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders. It is taught by tenured and core professors and practitioners at Kellogg, which is ranked among the top five business schools in the United States and is known throughout the world for its emphasis on teamwork, collaboration and interactive learning.
During the five-day summer program participants will gain confidence and new skills in church leadership. Through lecture, case examples, interactive exercises and classroom dialog, participants will
- gain an understanding of general management principles and how successful nonprofit organizations operate, including marketing and branding their congregations;
- explore new ways to empower church members and create dynamic ministry teams;
- learn strategies for successful conflict resolution and negotiations;
- develop their personal leadership skills;
- examine how to be the best stewards of the human and financial resources of their parishes; and
- network with colleagues from across the United states and share best practices and management challenges.
"Leading congregations in today's world requires much more than being a skilled teacher, lay leader, preacher or pastor," said Robert G. Bottoms, interim dean and president of Seabury. "It requires the kind of strategic planning, conflict resolution, marketing and leadership skills that are critical to congregational health and growth. This is exactly the kind of program religious leaders have been seeking,"
Donald Haider, director of Kellogg's Center for Nonprofit Management, said, "Good management isn't just good business; it's good stewardship. This program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of clergy and lay leaders, provide them with new management skills, and help them make the most of church resources."
The program begins at 10 am Monday, June 13, and ends at 2 pm Friday, June 17. It will be held at Wiebolt Hall, 340 East Superior Street, on Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus. Enrollment is by application only; the deadline for applications is April 15. The cost of the program for non-degree students is $1200 and for degree students is $1440, excluding dinners, lodging and travel.
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