Susan Beaumont has been involved in the development of leaders and organizations for
more than twenty-five years. Prior to joining the Alban Institute, Susan spent
ten years consulting with congregations, nonprofit organizations, and corporate
clients. Her specialties include change management, leadership development, and
conflict management. Susan has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in
leadership, communication, and organizational behavior. She is an ordained
minister in the American Baptist Churches,
I believe that every faith-based organization has a God-given
mission that is a unique reflection of the community it serves and the
giftedness of its membership. A ministry that is spiritually vital,
relationally whole, and organizationally strong will naturally respond
to the leading of God's spirit, discovering and engaging its mission.
My approach is to support leaders as they seek to renew vision and
revitalize ministry in their context. I focus on the strengths and
resources my clients already possess, what they have already
accomplished, and how they want to move forward. I provide
models and ways of working that are tailored to congregational realities. I
place emphasis on leadership vitality, relational wholeness, and organizational
Planning and visioning in congregations is a "holy conversation" centered on three key questions: Who are we? What has God
called us to do or be? and Who is our neighbor? I help planning teams design and
manage a structured planning process that can take a year or more. This
work involves laying the groundwork for planning, gathering data,
making meaning from what is discovered, shaping a vision and
priorities, getting ownership for the plan, and then implementing it.
Throughout, my role is to facilitate communication, create
accountability, hold the team to its objectives, share knowledge, offer
insights, and provide an outside perspective.
I help midsized and larger congregations evaluate how their staffs
and teams are configured. Are they the right size? Are the lines of
power, authority, and accountability clear? Does the group communicate
well and trust one another? Are work processes and decisions aligned
with the mission? How are plans developed and performance measured?
These are all questions I help leadership teams address to meet their
An organizational health assessment empowers congregational leaders to focus their energy and to
answer key questions to evaluate the leadership, relational and
organizational strengths of the congregation. Such assessements are
beneficial when preparing for a leadership transition, during size
transitions, before or during major strategic planning efforts, or when
conflict issues emerge. I custom develop health assessments depending
on a client's situation and needs. Approaches range from facilitating a
leadership retreat, to conducting an on-site assessment and
reporting on my observations, to multiple on-site interventions and follow up.
When conflict emerges as an issue in my work with congregations, I work to assess the level of conflict
and its root causes. I gather information about the situation through
inverviews, questionnaires, and small group meetings. I help facilitate
dialogue about differences, make recommendations about ways to reduce
tensions, and if possible help develop covenants among key parties. My
holistic approach to conflict management is to try to understand the environment, the culture, and the
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Last updated on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
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