Deeper Waters: Innovative & Courageous Leaders

Deeper Waters: Innovative & Courageous Leaders

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Deeper Waters: Innovative & Courageous Leaders

September 2022 – May 2023

It’s an extraordinary time to be a human. With everything we are facing collectively and individually, more than ever, the world needs innovative and courageous leaders who can meet this moment with a:

  • Capacity to hold complexity and ambiguity
  • Compassionate, non-anxious presence
  • Commitment to pursuing the most humane and loving path forward

How do we continue to evolve into the leaders that are needed in this season?

Research consistently points to the critical work leaders must do that is PERSONAL and SPIRITUAL in nature. This includes engaging in practices that increase their awareness and ability to be present to self and others, help them reflect and make meaning, widen their capacity to hold complex thoughts and emotions, and point them toward the greater good. Leaders who are also cultivating self-compassion and love as central values that guide the way they live are the same leaders building healthy, thriving, and innovative organizations that employees and customers want to be connected to.

As leaders ourselves, we’ve experienced the kind of growth, healing, and transformation that can come when we are doing robust personal and spiritual work. We’ve seen what can happen when this kind of transformation happens in communities of people, willing to do this work together.

We want to create that kind of space right here in central Ohio.

Are you ready to dive deeper into this kind of work?

You are invited to apply to be a part of the next cohort of DEEPER WATERS: Innovative and Courageous Leaders.

This cohort will launch in the Fall of 2022 for 9 months of collective work.

As we do our work, we will engage and explore

  • An Innovative Leadership Model
  • Resources for cultivating deeper self-awareness, including the Enneagram
  • Tools for recognizing systemic injustice in our organizations
  • Models for nurturing healthy, authentic communities
  • Daily meditative and reflective practices

Engagement in Deeper Waters will include:

  • Monthly in-person teaching sessions
  • Monthly in-person/online small group sessions
  • Two in-person overnight retreats
  • All books and curriculum
  • Online learning platform that includes readings, videos, and podcasts to guide your learning
  • One-to-one session with one of the facilitators

Cost: $1500. This includes your food and expenses for the two retreats, as well as all books, curriculum, and group sessions. (Scholarships and payment plans available.)

Your Deeper Waters Facilitators

Rev. April Blaine
Lead Pastor, Hilliard UMC
Adjunct Professor, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Nikki Buskirk
Director of Middle Grades Ministry, Hilliard UMC

Dan Mushalko
Vice-President, Innovative Leadership Institute

Beth Palmer
Director of Adult Discipleship, Hilliard UMC