In late February, close to 50 social ministry leaders from more than 20 LSA member organizations convened in Arizona for the second year of the Lutheran Leadership Summit with a revamped agenda.
The theme of this year's gathering was "The Leadership Balancing Act" and was designed for senior ministry leaders to focus on how we can make our organizations stronger, help us think about the balancing act of running a nonprofit while also working to innovate for the future, and exploring together the rich context of our network's Lutheran heritage.
Participants took part in interactive sessions and panel discussions with Drs. Laura Quinn and Alice Cahill from The Center for Creative Leadership; Dr. David Lose, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; and "Switch" trainer Susan Heath Hays, as well as sharing of case studies from fellow LSA members:
- Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
- Robin Dunbar Balck, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Strategy Officer for Ecumen
- Knox Kimberly, Senior Vice President of Government and Corporate Relations at Upbring
- Stacy Martin, Chief Philanthropy Office for Lutheran Services Florida
- Kirby Nickerson, Chief Financial Officer of Lutheran Services Carolinas
- Kari Olson, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer from Front Porch and President of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing
- Michael Sering, Vice President for Housing and Shelter for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries
- Vickie Thompson-Sandy, President of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
The Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ, provided the ideal setting for the Summit, with a mountain backdrop and a center designed to encourage reflection, mindfulness and appreciation of the natural beauty of the desert surroundings.
Blessings to Reverend Richard Andersen, who was recently called to be the Executive Director of Spirit in the Desert, and who previously had served as the Director of Congregational Relations and Senior Major Gifts Officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, a member of the LSA network.
More information about the LSA 2016 Lutheran Leadership Summit is available here:
Thank you to everyone who took part in this unique leadership development event for Lutheran social ministry.
The 2017 Lutheran Leadership Summit is TBD, stay tuned for information. In the meantime, we hope you will join us at the LSA 2016 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, April 25-28, 2016.