If Properly Led

Leadership Lessons for the Battles You Face
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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 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, former staff with Cru, 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

Life and Leadership: Reflections from a Lazy River

I always wanted to have a better follow-up process for the Gettysburg If Properly Led conference. Years ago, I had developed a monthly “mailer” to the staff and volunteers of Cru military. It was a helpful practice for me and seemed to help our staff and volunteers.


I’ve rebranded the idea “Life and Leadership: Monthly Reflections from a Lazy River” and wanted to offer it to those who’ve attended the conference in the past or to those considering joining us in the future.

To get an idea of the content and to subscribe if you want, click on the link below. If you would like to receive these Monthly Reflections, you can subscribe at the link at the end of the example.


I’m planning this Life and Leadership reflection each month. You can easy opt-out in the future if you don’t find the content helpful.
Also, we’re accepting registrations for the April 9-13 conference, should you know anyone who wants to come? See conference registration link below.



We offer an experiential leadership experience on the fields of Gettysburg.  You’ll not only learn the history of the battle but also how leaders enable others to stay, fight and win in the battles they face–if properly led.


  • 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

Jay and Laurie Lorenzen


Laurie and I love Gettysburg. For the last 20 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 leadership through the lens of “battlefield” leadership — lessons that apply to your leadership arena, 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 (Cru) 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 20 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.

Shoulder to shoulder,
Jay and Laurie Lorenzen




(Over the last few years, we have been offering special conferences for church or missional leadership teams. Contact Jay and Laurie at Jaylorenzen @ gmail. com (no spaces) 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)
and please view:”Gettysburg”, Turner Movies (all 4 hours of double sided DVD)

Location: New Hotel!  Best Western Hotel Gettysburg
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.

We 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. 
* 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 location.  Most folks plan their departure flights for not earlier than 11 am on Friday.

Items to Bring: Both 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.

Clothing:  Hiking 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:  $950 – covers battlefield tours, maps, field manual, rooms, meals, tickets, horse-ride, materials, musket shooting or other activity, 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: jaylorenzen @ gmail. com (no spaces) or 719-338-9337 or 719-650-9901 Thanks, Jay and Laurie Lorenzen


Registration is now open for April 9-13, 2018.

Important Info for All Upcoming Conference(s):

For all our conference(s), register as early as you can to hold your place.  We are limited to 30 participants and to keep conference costs as low as possible we need at least 15 participants to hold the conference.  

If you are planning to attend as a large group (7 or more attendees), please contact Jay at jaylorenzen @ gmail.com (no spaces) prior to registering to ensure enough places.  If coming as a couple, a team or a group, please have each person register individually.

The cost of the conference is currently $950.00 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 some of you (team leaders and/or others) 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.


We are currently scheduling one conference for Oct 8-12, 2018.  We will open registrations for this conference on 1 May 2018.  If you are thinking of bringing a group that week, please let me know at jaylorenzen @ gmail. com (no spaces).  If you are considering a larger group (15+), we could possibly host another conference from Oct 15-19, 2018.  Please contact us at the email above.

Reading and Viewing Assignments

A book worth reading every year!

Won the Pulitzer Prize–Prose Poetry

Watch this within two weeks of conference. A long movie – 4 hours – but you’ll need it.

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.


General Lee’s Army and Kingdom Leadership

General Lee’s Army and Kingdom Leadership

I've been working my way thru General Lee's Army by Glatthaar these last three weeks during our Gettysburg student leadership conference. I was struck over and over again by the critical nature of leadership in the battle between "flesh and blood." I'm confident the...

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Lincoln’s Leadership

Lincoln’s Leadership

I've enjoyed reading lots about Abraham Lincoln this year. I've been wanting to work out some principles of movement leadership based on his life-- here are some initial impressions and challenges: 1. Become an autodidact. Almost all biographers use the word...

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The Language of Leadership: Think Pink

The Language of Leadership: Think Pink

The Language of Leadership: Think Pink! We spend several sessions discussing the "language of leadership" at Gettysburg, arguing that the leader has a "palette" of words by which he paints visions in people's minds.  Our primary examples were Abraham Lincoln arguing...

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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