MasterLab Course with Amy Butler & Jacqui Lewis April 3-7, 2018 New York City $799

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A MasterLab course New Leadership for New Outcomes in Complex Settings. Instructors Amy Butler of Riverside Church and Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church with special guest lectures from the presenters at the Revolutionary Love Conference - link to 

April 3-7, 2018


Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.

Dr. Amy Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy’s professional ministry career began as the director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Louisiana; she later became Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in the city of New Orleans. In 2003, Butler was called to the position of Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, where she was also the first woman to lead that historic congregation.  After 11 years in Washington, D.C., the congregation of The Riverside Church voted to call Pastor Amy to the Senior Minister position.  She often talks about what a gift and responsibility it is to be here at The Riverside Church in this moment, working to live into a legacy of social justice advocacy and gospel community building.


Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr New York, NY  10027

Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003.

Course Description

This course focuses on the needed skills, perspectives, structures and practices to lead churches in complex systems toward new outcomes. The course will give emphasis to the opportunities and struggles of woman in leadership in historically male-dominated pastorates. The course will also explore now ways of leading necessary for health of the leader and to be effective in systems in need of change.



This course will take place in Manhattan in New York City at two locations; 
Tuesday, April 3 - Thursday April 5 at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr New York, NY  10027

Thursday Afternoon April 5-Sunday April 8 at Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003.


Participants are responsible for their own travel.


Attendees are responsible for their housing. We will create a Facebook Group for registrants that can be used to coordinate housing options. 

We suggest Airbnb or the local hotels near the facility.


The course will take place 9am - 6:30pm Tuesday  - Friday and 9am-6pm Saturday.
The Revolutionary Love conference will continue Sunday.


A syllabus for the course can be found here LINK

Participants are encouraged to do the readings and assignments the syllabus but no grades will be given. 

Participants who are part of an ongoing credentialing program with MasterLab will fulfill their own requirements. 

Looking For Graduate Degree Credit?

This course is offered both at part of the OPEN Mdiv through Christian Theological Seminary for Master Degree Credit and for non-degree seeking participants through MasterLab.  

If you are seeking degree credit for this course click here. (link to CTS)

What is MasterLab?

MasterLab connects world-class Master Teachers with High Capacity Learners around crucial topics in settings conducive for exceptional learning and transformation.

Many leaders feel they that while they have reached the top of the educational goals for their career they are in need of and desire to keep learning, growing, and developing. 

Yet many feel that their options learning and developing at a high level are greatly diminished. The find themselves having to DIY their learning with online resources, cobbling together reading recommendations and attending conferences and relatively low-level training sessions. 

  • Think of MasterLab as the “Uber” of Non-degree education connecting Master Instructors with high capacity learners outside the academic strictures. 
  • MaterLab is designed for those who already have a master degree or for other reasons do not choose to pursue a degree but want to learn at a master level.
  • Weeklong courses taught by master instructors.
  • Learners travel to location where the instructor wants to teach.