2016 ESR Leadership Conference - Holy Experiments: Risk, Courage, & the Entrepreneurial Spirit

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2016 ESR Leadership Conference -  Holy Experiments: Risk, Courage, & the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Time: 8th mo. 12, 2016 at 5pm to 8th mo. 14, 2016 at 1pm
Location: Earlham School of Religion
Street: 228 College AVE
City/Town: Richmond, IN
Website or Map: http://esr.earlham.edu/news-e…
Phone: 800-432-1377
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Earlham School of Religion
Latest Activity: 5th month 24, 2016

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In the search for meaning, many persons stand at an intersection where at least one path leads into unfamiliar territory. Whether described as ideas, leadings, or callings, a certain inner summons persists deep within one’s quest for faithfulness. Interests and passions urge the consideration of the untested opportunity, sometimes even if the gifts and skills feel unfinished; sometimes even when sources for necessary funding are not evident. Whether to service, ministry, a new venture or a career change, these moments often lead to the birth of the entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurial leadership, whether in ministry, service, or business, has a spiritual vein, connecting with the deep life of the Spirit. As something new and untested, the experimental nature of this venture is all but guaranteed. As a response to the work of the Spirit within, the feel of holiness or sacred ground is natural. The sense of riskiness is genuine. The value of courage can hardly be overrated as one takes the initial steps toward this new investment of one’s self in the work that emerges from this effort.

We live at a vibrant moment. Whether in established structures or new ventures, desires to be useful, faithful, and successful co-mingle toward an integrated life where faith and vocation are one. Many old structures struggle to survive. New visions insist that innovative approaches and new models must be found! But how does one begin? Who understands the challenges faced? What does one need to succeed? It is an exhilarating moment for the entrepreneurial spirit. We may expect fresh leadership to emerge from successes and failures alike.

This year’s leadership conference intends to create space for conversation, for reflection, for sharing questions and wisdom that arise from the path you are traveling. With others, name the questions that nag. Share the wisdom you can offer. Learn from the experiences of others, trusting that leadership emerges where gifts are shared.

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