The Spiritual Dimensions of Collaboration & Leadership

Wednesday, Sept 28 11 am to 1pm PST,  2pm EST


 As shepherds of change, we take a leap of faith every time we participate in a group process. What does facilitation have in common with the work of building and maintaining spiritual communities? What cardinal virtues might we foster for better collaboration? Two facilitators who have been or are currently church leaders — and one who grew up as the son of a minister — will discuss the spiritual qualities they find most helpful in organizational development work. They’ll also discuss temptations that threaten successful outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to testify about their own successes, confess their own challenges, or share surprising revelations. 

Panelists:  Rev. Phil Bakelaar, Joran Slane Oppelt, David Sibbet

Rev. Dr. Phil Bakelaar

The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar is a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions in Columbia, SC. He has served churches as pastor since 1985. Sometimes known as "Pastor Gadget" because of his interest in technology Pastor Phil is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.  He teaches courses in Communication Studies.

"Our focus as a church is to live out a missional theology that celebrates the work of Jesus in his death, resurrection and ascension as the inbreaking of the kingdom of God in a lost and broken world so loved by God. We hope to be a sign, instrument and foretaste of the kingdom, bringing God's restoration into the life of our local community and world."

Joran Slane Oppelt 

Joran founded the Integral Church in 2012, which now has communities in the US and Europe. He is an interfaith leader, and author of Integral Church: A Handbook for New Spiritual Communities. He has served on the board of Creation Spirituality Communities and as president of Interfaith Tampa Bay. He has been an advisor for organizations like Progressive Christianity and the Multifaith Storytelling Institute. Joran has also facilitated healing conversations around race and trauma while working with food and agricultural non-profits in the mid-south. 

Joran is an international speaker, author and consultant with certifications in coaching, storytelling, design thinking and virtual facilitation. He's a master facilitator who has been consulting with Fortune 50 companies on corporate innovation and change management since 2015. He is also an executive coach who has helped leaders shape strategies in technology, finance, software, sport, and healthcare.

He is the co-author of Facilitation: A Human-Centered Guide to the Art of Collaboration; Visionary Leadership: How to Live Your Strategy, Change Your Habits and Inspire Your Team; and The Visual Meetings Field Guide: How to Facilitate Great Meetings with Amazing Teams.

David Sibbet

David is Co-Director of the GLEN and the oldest son of a Presbyterian Minister. His own calling has been to the lay ministry as a consultant and facilitator since founding The Grove Consultants International in 1977. He is deeply rooted in Christian values and traditions, and includes both Tibetan Mahamudra practice as well as Earth wisdom practices from the Origin Teachings of the Delicate Lodge. He is a widely published author in the field of visual facilitation including Visual Meetings, Visual Teams, Visual Leaders and Visual Consulting all with Wiley & Sons. His work with Arthur M. Young's Theory of Process provides an integration of physics and metaphysics, as reflected in Young's The Reflexive Universe.  In his blog, David explores some of his more spiritual orientations.