Congregational Life: Assumptions Failing Us Now

Congregational Life: Assumptions Failing Us Now

Many old assumptions that governed church life no longer apply. Assumptions like “worship attendance is the primary metric of congregational vitality” or “geography dictates belonging".

We are in a liminal season, which means we cannot rely on the past to predict the future. Innovation requires that we examine and challenge the old assumptions to make way for new approaches. In this live online workshop participants will learn to surface and examine outdated assumptions. Together, we will cultivate new habits to: 

• Challenge tacit knowledge 
• Ask better questions
• Pay attention to new patterns
• Create new frames, and 
• Discover new surprises


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST   


Susan Beaumont is a consultant, coach, author and spiritual director. Susan has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada.

Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked for nine years as a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Susan has also served on the faculty of two business schools, teaching graduate level courses in leadership, management and organizational behavior. She has corporate experience in human resource management and organizational development. She currently teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Susan is the author of How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season, and Inside the Large Congregation. She is co-author of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in the Large Congregation.

Rev. Beaumont is an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA.