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Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

Towards Faithful Supervision
with Hugh Alley & Alisdair Smith

HOW DO WE LIVE OUT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS, yet stay faithful to God’s call to love our neighbours as ourselves – especially when the “neighbours” report to us?

How can we play our role as boss/supervisor and still be faithful to Jesus’ call to faithfulness and servanthood? What would Jesus have been like as a boss?

In this weekend retreat with The Rev. Alisdair Smith and Hugh Alley we will explore what scripture says about “being the boss”, explore how Jesus modeled the role of leader, and introduce some very practical skills that are critical for any supervisor.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn:

  • clues for our behaviour as a boss from Jesus’ life and teaching
  • how we as supervisors establish context for our team
  • practical skills in workplace instruction, including the three kinds of information we need to communicate to any learner
  • how we can be sure that the learner really has learned – and why that matters
  • the differences between instructing a skill and coaching

Ideal for people who currently direct the work of others (paid or volunteer), this weekend program explores your role as supervisor or manager.

As a participant, you will receive a completion certificate for the Training Within Industry: Job Instruction program.

A $15 fee for workshop materials is payable to instructor upon the first day of the course.



Hugh AlleyHUGH ALLEY, P.Eng., is an industrial engineer who trained for ordination and then realized his vocation was in the workplace helping others see their work in new ways. He has run four different organizations numbering from 25–150 employees. Through his own business, he has trained more than 900 supervisors in practical skills. He currently does contract work helping organizations rethink the ways their workplaces function, both physically and in their leadership approach.




Alisdair SmithALISDAIR SMITH is a deacon in the Anglican Church and is Business Chaplain at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. In work experience that has included time in “improv comedy” and as a hotel doorman, Alisdair has spent most of his career providing leadership development for boards and executives within credit unions across Canada. He is an expert facilitator and coach, consulting on leadership and management development across North America in organizations as diverse as Microsoft and the Anglican Church of Canada.



  • Course Fee: $325 includes retreat sessions and space, meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch and accommodation.
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