If Properly Led

Leadership Lessons from the Battle and the Bible

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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

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

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

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


(Over the last few years, we have been offering special conferences for church or missional leadership teams. Contact Jay and Laurie at JayLLL@aol.com for info. )

  • The Identity of the Leader
    Find Your True Identity as a Leader
  • Foresight
    Know What to Do By Learning to See the Future
  • Leadership Nerve
    Leading in Emotionally Networked Teams/Organizations
  • The Critical Tasks of the Leader
    Discover the Heart and Soul of Leadership
  • Flying the Flag
    Understand the Leader’s Use of “Colors”
  • Cause and Community
    Answer Why People Stay and Fight
  • The Language of Leadership
    Learn How The Best Leaders Communicate
  • The Gospel Courageous and the Gospel Corrective Leader
    Probe the Challenge of the Leader’s Impact on Systemic Injustice
  • US Christian Commission (USCC) and its Role in the Civil War
    Learn how Chaplains and USCC Agents Cooperated During the Civil War



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

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(Over the last few years, we have been offering special conferences for church or missional leadership teams.

Contact Jay and Laurie at JayLLL@aol.com for info. )

  • Reading/Viewing Assignments(the following assignments are critical to the leadership experience, if you can’t complete them please consider a future conference)Prior to arrival, please read:In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen (buy it)The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (buy it)andplease view:”Gettysburg”, Turner Movies (all 4 hours of double sided DVD)
  • Locationquality-inn-gettysburgQuality Inn Battlefield Gettysburg    (more info, driving directions)  Please do not contact the hotel directly. We will make all the reservations for the participants. If you have some special needs, please include them in your registration comments. Laurie will contact the hotel for you. Thank you.
  • TransportationWe will use private and/or rental cars or vans for transportation around the battlefield.  If driving, and you rent a mini-van, would you consider driving during our battlefield tours. If so, we would probably assign at least 5 total conferees to your van and will cover your gas expenses during the conference. Email us for any questions. We typically start conferences on Monday.  
  • Arrival: If you fly into BWI or Dulles on Monday, plan to arrive by 12 noon.  This will give you chance to get your rental car/van in time to arrive at Gettysburg by 2:30 pm or so.  We’ll start our first battlefield tour at 4 pm sharp and it will set the stage for the whole conference.  Please work out your schedule to arrive rested.  We’ll have a full schedule for all four days.  Departure: Feel free to depart anytime on Friday morning, but remember that it’s about a 2 hour drive to each locations.  Most folks plan their departure flights for not earlier than 11 am on Friday.
  • Items to BringBoth assigned books; Bible (Old and New Testaments) – small, portable; Pens and Notebook (we’ll provide a Field Manual, but you might want a separate notebook); Money for souvenirs, etc; snacks during tours on your own.
  • ClothingHiking shoes (we’ll do quite a bit of walking, at times thru muddy fields); Bring layered, comfortable clothing – jeans, rain/wind jacket, shorts for a sunny day; We’ll be doing a horse ride – rain or shine – so bring a good rain coat.
  • Cost (normally scheduled Oct and April Conferences Only; special conferences may cost more or less, depending on numbers) $875 – covers battlefield tours, maps, field manual, rooms, meals, tickets, horse-ride, materials, musket shooting, etc–all expenses once you arrive in Gettysburg.  The cost of transportation to/from Gettysburg is not included.

If you have specific questions, please contact us at:

JayLLL@aol.com or

719-338-9337 or 719-650-9901

Thanks, Jay and Laurie Lorenzen


Upcoming Conference:

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October 26-30, 2015

Registration for this conference is now open.  Register as early as you can to hold your place.  We are limited to 30 participants.  October conferences typically fill up early.

If coming as a team or a group, please have each person register  individually.

If you are planning to attend as a large group (7 or more attendees), please contact Jay at JayLLL @ aol.com (no spaces) prior to registering. We are limited to 30 participants at each conference, but can flex some with groups.

The cost of the conference is currently $875.00 per person. This covers battlefield tours, museums, maps, rooms, meals, museum tickets, conference materials, horse ride, musket shoot, etc. . .  In other words, all conference expenses in Gettysburg.

We’ll be asking team leaders and other groups to secure mini-vans for use during the battlefield tours.  Most teams secure mini-vans for joint travel to/from Gettysburg.

After you have registered, we’ll hold your place. We will accept payment at the conference itself–either by check or credit card.  We also assume that you will attend unless an emergency requires you to cancel. Thank you.

Reading and Viewing Assignments

Recent Conference

Emmitsburg Road


Pickett's Charge

New Gettysburg CD Release

 LIVE&DIE: Ballads of the Blue and Gray



Everyone wins when a leader gets better

Just returned from the Willow Creek Leadership Summit and was struck again by the power of personal and leadership development.  Bill Hybels mentioned several times the truths that leadership matters and that:

“Everyone wins when a leader gets better.”

This is certainly true on the physical battlefield.  But it is equally true in every endeavor.  As a leader gets better, everything and everyone benefits.

Over the last 15 years, Laurie and I have seen it over and over again at Gettysburg. Get leaders to invest in their own development and in the development of the leaders they lead and good things happen.  Because we believe that, we’re committed to continue offering a unique learning experience at our “If Properly Led” conferences.  We hope you’ll consider joining us or investing in the development of those you lead by sending them to join us Oct 3-7, 2012 in Gettysburg.

Here’s one recent review:

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. I love history and was exceptionally charged to have my sons with me, but way beyond that was the pure value, intensity and transferable nature of everything we did together.  You have crafted a truly great experience. Never quit.

— Stu Weber, Pastor and Author of Tender Warrior, Infinite Impact and others

The Gettysburg Pilgrimage

On July 4th, 1863 a resident of Gettysburg emerged from his basement, profoundly aware of the carnage surrounding him, realizing that the Battle of Gettysburg might well be the turning point of the Civil War.  He said to his neighbor, “Gettysburg will one day be a place of national pilgrimage.” He was right.

The word pilgrimage comes from the Latin word peregrinus, which means a person wandering the earth in exile, someone in search of a spiritual homeland–a place of meaning.  The old saints thot of pilgrimage as a way of praying with your feet.  You go on a pilgrimage because you know there’s something missing inside your soul, and the only way you can find it is to go to sacred place, places where God made himself known to others.

“In sacred places, something gets done to you that you’ve been unable to do for yourself.”

Thomas Merton was a strong believer in pilgrimages and the spirituality of place.  He was drawn to sacred sites, not because he knew the places but because he believed the places knew him.

Over the last 10 years of hosting conferences in Gettysburg, I’ve always found Gettysburg to be one of these sacred places.   Laurie and I look forward to our 3-4 trips each year and the privilege of sharing lessons of leadership from the bible and the battle with the men and women who join us there.  We’ve been surprised how many experience the sacredness of the place and how the “storied geography” speaks to the heart.

It’s a place not only to study leadership, but also to experience “where great things were done for us (Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain).”  If you haven’t been before, we’d love for you to join us.


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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