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The Art and Ministry of Supervision: Combining the Sacred and the Secular
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8/27/2011 to 9/2/2011
When: 8/27/2011
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Clergy Conference on Star Island

"The Art and Ministry of Supervision: Combining the Sacred and the Secular”

with Rev. Susan Beaumont

Saturday, August 27 to Friday, September 2, 2011

A conference on Star Island for UU and UCC clergy as well as ecumenical colleagues serving local congregations

Join with colleagues for a week of programming, collegiality, and time for rest and renewal as you gear up for the new church program year on beautiful Star Island, just off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Throughout the week with Susan, participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of supervision as performance management
  • Examine the interface between covenantal and employment relationships
  • Understand the importance of a job description and learn how to design one
  • Explore techniques for setting performance expectations
  • Practice crafting the performance feedback conversation
  • Explore the importance of the annual performance appraisal
  • Learn to deal with the chronic underperformer
  • Explore a process of progressive discipline, leading to termination
  • Experiment with the creation of a team behavioral covenant, to help shape team culture
  • Examine a variety of approaches for facilitating more effective staff meetings

Susan Beaumont has been involved in the development of leaders and organizations for more than twenty five years. Prior to joining the Alban Institute, Susan served as an Area Minister in the American Baptist Churches. Susan is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA. Susan’s consulting work specializes in the unique dynamics of large congregations and the staff team dynamics of middle judicatories. Her work synthesizes the best of business practice with careful theological reflection.

Other happenings during the week:

morning and candlelit chapel services, silk painting, writing, sitting in a rocking chair on the porch, lobster night, meditation on the rocks, meeting new friends and colleagues and re-connecting with others, and much more!

All the details and the registration form can be found by visiting:

Continuing Education grants of up to $500 are available for this conference. To apply for a CE grant, fill out the form found at the following link:

For additional information or with any questions please contact Rev. Jory Agate,; (617) 948-6453.

This conference is sponsored by the Pastoral Excellence Program (with a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc) of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, and Office of Church Staff Finance of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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