Part 1: Oxford (July 25) “Leveraging 3 Dimensional Leadership for Impact” – Helen Mitchell
“Leadership” is an ambiguous, highly misunderstood and frequently misused term. Why have we not seen an increase of transformational leaders proportionate to the amount of published content on the topic of leadership? Is leadership reserved for those with formal titles in an organization? As Christians, how shall we lead? This session is an integrated three-dimensional approach of the professional, personal and spiritual. This session will increase one’s personal leadership impact and effectiveness in all areas of life. You will be better equipped to collaborate with the Holy Spirit to bring purpose and hope to others as you lead at home, at work and in the world. We will explore:
- Is God in control or in charge? Does it matter?
- How body, soul and spirit affect leadership
- Gender and leadership – bringing out the best in people and decrease conflict
- One’s natural leadership tendencies, strengths, giftedness and humility
- Why the battle is for the mind
- Why trust is the currency of Leadership
- Spiritual leadership and spiritual authority
- Dark side of leadership
Part 2: Oxford (July 27) “Effectively Managing and Leading Change” – Helen Mitchell
Change is occurring all around us. We will get through it, but what condition will we be in when we are done? Change happens everyday in business from a new process, a new strategic direction or managing a turnaround. Change happens everyday in the home from the birth of a new baby, moving to a new home or kids changing teachers. It has been estimated that 70% of new business initiatives fail to fully achieve the desired objectives and outcomes. That means a lot of time and effort spent in re-work, lost revenue, increased expense or unhappy employees. This session will address the psychology of change, what we can discern in how God is now working in the world, how to get ourselves and others onboard and practical steps to initiating and leading change personally and professionally. We will explore:
- Why change is so hard and why leading it is an underdeveloped skill
- Resistance to change, how to plan for and how to leverage it – minimize fighting
- How to meet people where they are at and minister to the
- Simple and complex change and why the difference matters
- Why change is part of God’s plan
- Common mistakes and pitfalls
- The forces of change and how each requires a different approach
- The crucial role of leadership
Parts 3 & 4: Cambridge (July 31 and August 1) “The Business of Heaven: The Importance of Your Work in the Light of Eternity” – Helen Mitchell, Greg Leith, and Chris McCluskey
Please join three significant leaders spanning the disciplines of Business, Church, Academia and Psychology. Together, we’ll take a broad spectrum view of our work lives as we dive into the theology of work, explore your calling to the marketplace, discover why God has you on earth Monday to Friday 9 to 5 and understand what God’s goals and purposes are for your worklife. Dorothy Sayers penned these important words in her essay, “Why Work,” “How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?”
This interactive workshop draws upon several Lewis writings including The Weight of Glory, The Great Divorce, and The Last Battle to explore the importance of the work we do as “immortals”, both here on earth and throughout eternity in heaven. We will consider Lewis’ perspective on labor (our ‘doing’) as an expression of our ‘being’, directly impacting the process of sanctification as we ‘become nothing and He becomes everything.’
Our self-exploration will be augmented by structured brief journaling exercises and peer coaching, fostering greater clarity and discernment about God’s unique calling on each of our lives as, again, “immortals.”
Helen M. Mitchell is a speaker, author, teacher, consultant to business leaders and pastors, and a Faith@Work Strategist. Helen currently serves as the Director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work and Economics at Biola University. She is also adjunct faculty in Biola’s Crowell School of Business and Talbot School of Theology.
As an early adopter of faith, work, and vocation in the local church, she is the architect and visionary of the Saddleback@Work ministry at Saddleback Church. Mitchell started her business career with AT&T becoming a Vice President at the age of 30, and holding various leadership roles.
She is passionate to see people fully activated and engaged in their calling and to see the local church equipped to lead people into a Biblical understanding of work and vocation and its value and service to Christ.
Greg Leith is the CEO of Convene. His career spans over 35 years of senior leadership roles in corporate, non-profit and academic sectors.
Greg has served the persecuted church with food, brought relief and long term jobs to India, assisted mission agencies in China with strategy. He was a senior executive for 20 years with the $9 billion ServiceMaster Company. He was Vice President of Arrow Leadership and Director of Leadership Development for Christian Leadership Alliance, creating learning experiences for the most influential Christian organizations in the world.
He loves helping people get clarity on mission and purpose as a certified life coach.
Christopher McCluskey is President of Professional Christian Coaching Institute, the world’s largest distinctly Christian coach training school aligned with the standards of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also co-host of the top-rated podcast, Professional Christian Coaching Today.
Frequently cited as the ‘Father of the Christian Coaching Movement’, Chris is a popular keynote speaker, media personality, executive coach, and best-selling author with his wife, Rachel, of the marriage classic, When Two Become One.
A former psychotherapist, Chris pioneered the field of life coaching because of his passion for vision, intentional living, and out-of-the-box thinking. He and Rachel have raised 4 kings and 3 queens of Narnia on their 440-acre ranch in the foothills of the Ozark mountains.