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2016 Liminal Leadership Conference: Transforming Leaders for a Changing World
Mon 16 May 2016, 12:00 pm to Thu 19 May 2016, 4:30 pm
This conference is for all clergy and lay people who exercise Christian leadership in church, charity, educational and chaplaincy settings. It is also useful for those who act as trainers and coaches for other Christian leaders.
The world we live in is one in which old ways are collapsing and new movements arise constantly – a time of paradigm shifts. Organisations that do not change with the world around them are left behind.
This conference will be useful for those exercising leadership in the midst of our rapidly changing world and the increasingly diverse roles and models of ministry that are emerging e.g. pioneer ministry, Fresh Expressions, New Monastic Movements, Self Supporting Ministry, chaplaincy in profit-driven companies.
The word liminal is used to describe a transformative process which involves leaving one way of being in role while being open to the Spirit in a deep way, in order to take the role up in fresh and innovative ways, or maybe even finding that it leads to a different role altogether. As many people are seeking to find new ways of living and leading and being church this word invites us into a process of not knowing rather than finding quick fixes.
Leadership is a key word in our culture – we might say that it is to do with how we make a difference.
This working conference, built on some of the innovative ideas developed by the Grubb Institute, uses a number of methods to bring to focus on:
- The world in which we live and the myriad of contexts in which we have to lead
- The organisations in which we work, whether they be churches or charities or corporates, as a set of interlocking systems
- The person who seeks to lead and influence those around them, bringing to bear experience and wisdom
- A belief in the activity of the living God and God’s purposes in the world – some describe this as the missio Dei
“The real situation scenario sessions were particularly helpful in getting to the heart of situations and looking beyond the obvious.”
“The Conference gave insight into a wide range of leadership skills.”
“A very worthwhile conference, which presented new material, and did not only try delivering information, but challenged assumptions about oneself, the nature of leadership, and started the process of changing behaviour.”
This Conference provides a space to explore and reflect in depth in small groups on the experience of seeking to work and lead faithfully in the midst of these realities. We offer whole group events, teaching, role analysis and plenary discussions. Crucially, we offer new frames and paradigms to make sense of our experience.
This conference will focus on applying these ideas to lived experience and real-life situations and dilemmas. Rosy, Nigel and Keith have all helped to develop these conferences and are grateful for the generous open source leadership of The Grubb Institute in this area.
Nigel Rooms (Conference Leader) is Director of Mission and Ministry, Southwell & Nottingham Diocese, Associate Priest in the LEP of Bestwood Park with Rise Park and formerly mission partner in Tanzania. He is the author of The Faith of the English: Integrating Christ and Culture, SPCK.
Rosy Fairhurst (Conference Associate Leader) is Canon Chancellor, Leicester Cathedral and formerly Organisational Analyst, The Grubb Institute, priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Director of Mission and Ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. She is the author of Uncovering Sin, SPCK and co-author of the report Spiritual Capital: The Present and Future of English Cathedrals.
Keith Lamdin (Conference Associate Leader) is Principal emeritus, Sarum College, Salisbury and formerly Director of Training, Oxford Diocese. He is the author of Finding your Leadership Style: A Guide for Ministers, SPCK and Supporting New Leaders in the Local Church – A Handbook, SPCK, with David Tilley.
Further additions to the staff team will be made in due course.