New Leadership for New Outcomes in Complex Settings

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Join Christian Theological Seminary and the OPEN MDiv for a MasterLab course, New Leadership for New Outcomes in Complex Settings.

Instructors: Amy Butler of Riverside Church and Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church with special guest lecturers from presenters at the Revolutionary Love Conference.

This course is offered as part of the OPEN MDiv at Christian Theological Seminary for master degree credit and as a MasterLab course for non-degree, non-credit seeking participants.

If you are seeking master degree credit for this course please email the CTS Registrar.

If you are seeking to take the course as a MasterLab participant complete the registration below.


Tuesday, April 3 - Saturday, April 7, 2018 (students invited to stay through April 8 for the Revolutionary Love Conference)

Tuesday through Friday, 9am-6:30pm
Saturday, 9am-6pm
The Revolutionary Love Conference will continue Sunday.

This course will take place in Manhattan in New York City at two locations:
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027 (April 3 – April 5 (morning session))
Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (April 5 (afternoon session) – April 7)

Tuition (non-degree, non-credit): $799
Refund policy: full refund if cancelation is at least 14 days before the first day of class. 50% refund if cancelation is within the 14-day period. No refund once the class has begun.

Participants are responsible for their own travel.

Participants are responsible for their housing. We will create a Facebook Group for registrants that can be used to coordinate housing options. We suggest Airbnb or the local hotels near the facility.

What is MasterLab?

MasterLab connects world-class master teachers with high capacity learners around crucial topics in settings conducive for exceptional learning and transformation.

Many leaders have reached their educational goals for their careers yet want to keep learning, growing, and developing. Many feel that their options for continued learning at a high level are greatly diminished after completing their formal degree program education. They find themselves cobbling together online resources, reading recommendations, conferences and relatively low-level training sessions. MasterLab helps fill the gap. Think of MasterLab as the “Uber” of non-degree education connecting master instructors with high capacity learners.

  • A full master-level course taught in a single, weeklong format.
  • Learning alongside other high capacity learners and master degree students.
  • Participants travel to the instructors in locations where the instructors want to teach.

Course Description:
This course focuses on the skills, perspectives, structures and practices needed to lead churches in complex systems toward new outcomes. The course will emphasize the opportunities and struggles of woman leaders in historically male-dominated pastorates. The course will also explore new ways of leading that care for the health of the leader while being effective in bringing about important, sustainable change.

A syllabus for the course can be found here (PDF).
Participants are encouraged to do the readings and assignments but no grades will be given. Those who are part of an ongoing credentialing program with MasterLab will fulfill their own requirements.

More about the Instructors:

Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Collegiate Church is a celebrating, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith where all people are welcomed just as they are as they come through the door. As a teaching congregation that celebrates the arts, the church’s ministries include rich and meaningful worship, care and education that nurture the mind, body and spirit, social action that embraces the global community, and participation in an interfaith dialogue for the purpose of justice and reconciliation. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.

Dr. Amy Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy’s professional ministry career began as the director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Louisiana. She later became Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in the city of New Orleans. In 2003, Butler was called to the position of Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, where she was also the first woman to lead that historic congregation. After 11 years in Washington, D.C., the congregation of The Riverside Church voted to call Pastor Amy to the Senior Minister position. She often talks about what a gift and responsibility it is to be at The Riverside Church in this moment, working to live into a legacy of social justice advocacy and gospel community building.

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