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Change Management Seminar

Red neon sign that says Change

October 29th and November 5th

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Sorenson Classroom, Loder Hall
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL

There is no charge for this seminar, thanks to the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.

About the Seminar

Change is everywhere. Our favorite go-to restaurant closes, our children's teacher retires, the weather and climate are in flux, our congregations shrink or grow, our job descriptions are adjusted, financial situations shift, and even our denominational structure might change. How do we manage constant change?  How can we learn to "surf the wave" of change rather than be knocked over by it?

Through this seminar, you will learn how to:

  • Lead with all your resources working in concert (leveraging what you already know about financial best practices or preparing you to take our online course in Financial Management for Churches and Nonprofits);
  • Understand key issues that arise during organizational transformation;
  • Apply different models of change—Kotter’s 8 Steps, Beer’s Equation for Successful Change, Schein’s Theory—and examine 5 critical beliefs related to change and innovation;
  • Develop tools for managing challenges, mitigating risk, and balancing priorities;
  • Learn new methods for motivating others, engaging teams, and leveraging innovation and networks; and
  • Think through a potential change initiative at your congregation and work in small groups, guided by faculty, to consider the necessary steps to successfully implement your particular change initiative.


Gail BergerGail Berger is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the School of Communication. She is also an experienced executive coach and leadership development expert who is passionate about helping leaders and teams achieve their goals and improve their performance and effectiveness. She brings professional and academic experience in the areas of talent development and assessment, conflict resolution, and team dynamics. Gail received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She also holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University and a B.A./B.S. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Boston University. 

Rev. Dr. Reginald BlountRev. Dr. Reginald Blount is the Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture and is the Director of the Young Adult Initiative at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He also serves at the Pastor at Arnett Chapel AME in Chicago. Blount has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and workshops helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with, and on behalf of young people. Blount earned his Ph.D. from Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University's joint program in religious and theological studies, focusing on the areas of Christian education and youth ministry. He received his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology.