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Jay and Laurie Lorenzen

Creating a Learning and Leadership Culture

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Jay and Laurie Lorenzen

Laurie and I love Gettysburg. For the last 15 years, we’ve been hosting leadership development conferences on the truly hallowed fields of America’s largest battlefield. We believe it’s a unique place to learn “battlefield” leadership — at the edge of the battle, whether in the spiritual battle or day to day in profit or non-profit environments. Laurie and I, after 20 years in the USAF, have been on Campus Crusade for Christ staff.  As a professor at that Air Force Academy, my interest in Gettysburg and the Civil War was ignited by the last class I taught there.  The Turner Movie-Gettysburg, the book Killer Angels, and my study of biblical leadership went on to fuel this interest. Over the last 15 years of walking the fields with developing leaders, we continually find that Gettysburg is one of those “thin-places” where the temporal and the eternal are uniquely connected.  Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the hero of Little Round Top, once said that the fields of Gettysburg are a “vision-place for the soul.” We’d love to have you experience it with us. Jay and Laurie Lorenzen jayandlaurielorenzen.com               linkedin.com/in/jaylorenzen      facebook.com/jaylorenzen               twitter.com/jaylorenzen facebook.com/ifproperlyled            instagram.com/jaylorenzen

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Ballads of the Blue and Gray

The following album by Andrew Landers was inspired by our If Properly Led Conference.

(Stories Behind the Songs) Good Soldiers Live & Die Johnny Shiloh Henri Nouwen’s Big Tent Revival One Day Battle Hymn of the Republic My All-Sufficient Savior Southern Pride Don’t Let Me Go Purchase from iTunes here.

Over more than 40 years of ministry, I’ve had opportunity to attend many professional leadership conferences. NONE was as valuable as your “If Properly Led” conference. You have crafted a truly great experience. Never quit.

Stu Weber

Pastor and Author of Tender Warrior

The If Properly Led conference at Gettysburg is the best personal and leadership development experience I have been a part of. Jay and Laurie create a learning environment that is second to none. The lessons on leadership from the battle and the Bible hit home every time (I have been to the conference 5 times). I love to bring colleagues and friends and each time they thank me for doing so.

Andy Wineman

Pastor, Flatirons Church

Fantastic! A True Three Dimensional Conference. The Gettysburg Leadership Conference is the singular best experiential learning experience I have ever been a part of–and having directed many such experiences with Leadership Network for the past ten years…that says a lot. Bring your leadership team and you will love it and benefit from it tremendously!

Eric Swanson

Missional Specialist, Leadership Network

In over 25 years of Christian ministry, there has not been a conference that has leadership lessons, hands on interaction, and applicable principles that I have learned from and enjoyed as much as this one!
Tyrone P. Jones

Pastor, Calvary Temple of Christ, Yuma AZ

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Jay and Laurie Lorenzen

Jay and Laurie Lorenzen

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Over last 20 years

Jay and Laurie Lorenzen

Over the last 20 years

Blog Posts on Leadership

Leadership and the Adventure of Grace

One of C.J. Mahaney's most recommended talks is based on 1 Corinthians 1:4-9. He entitles it, Leadership and the Adventure of Grace. He challenges my perspective about some of those I have the opportunity to influence. In my own pride, I often complain to God about...

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The Role of Deliberate Practice in Leadership Development

Malcolm Gladwell tells us in Outliers that when it comes to success, context is everything. Only by asking where a person comes from can we understand who succeeds and who doesn’t. Geoff Colvin would agree but there’s more. In Talent is Overrated, Colvin rightly...

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Be My Everything

I've been wrestling with how leaders lead those they lead. I'm leaning toward these three ways: Leaders: create meaning create value and create community in those we lead. As Paul argues in Colossians 1, leaders do that when they make known among the world that Jesus...

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General David Hunter’s Complaint

Early in the Civil War, General David Hunter flooded Lincoln's office with grumbling letters, complaining about being in command of "only 3000." Lincoln dared to make the following suggestion in a December 31, 1861 letter to Hunter, arguing that grumbling about the...

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Blog Posts on C.S. Lewis

We run on God.

What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could 'be like gods'--be their own masters--invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human...

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The Very Centre of Realty

The whole dance of God ... is a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. There is no other way to happiness for which we are made. Good things as...

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C.S. Lewis’ Birthday

Below is a thot-ful post from Randy Newman in celebration of C.S. Lewis' birthday. Dear Thoughtful Friends,Today, November 29th, is C.S. Lewis' birthday. I hope this news brings you as much joy as it does to me. Lewis continues to inspire me through his writing and...

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Beating the King of Death

Since reading N.T. Wright's "Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church", I keep seeing the power of Christ's resurrection and ascension. Read this in my C.L. Lewis devotional, A Year with C.S. Lewis -- a most excellent set...

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Pickett's Charge

In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.

And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream;

And lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls. – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain