A Lead Like Jesus Encounter is underway this week at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, IL, sponsored by the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, and three public Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered later this month in central Iowa.

The ecumenical Encounter at the jail is the 73rd that has been presented by Yeshua Fellow and board member Dick Kunnert and his team for prisoners there. The groups have averaged about 18 participants. The Yeshua Institute underwrites the cost of the program as its major ecumenical outreach effort.

Later in the month the Archdiocese of Dubuque will offer three Catholic Encounter programs at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where participants have three choices of dates and times:

  • Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

“Modern empirical studies continue to affirm the value of Jesus’ leadership approach in every setting – at home, at work, in our parishes and in the network of other communities of which we are all a part,” says Dan Rohner, Facilitator for the programs in Iowa, which are open to anyone.

“Often our leadership efforts are not effective – we are ignored, undermined, even ridiculed and reviled,” says Dan Rohner, Facilitator for the programs. “Jesus showed us a better way -- because Jesus was the best leadership teacher and role model of all time.”

By becoming familiar with Jesus’ leadership teaching and example during an Encounter, “you can be a better leader -- helping to bring about better outcomes -- as spouse, parent, grandparent, friend, team member, team leader, worker, supervisor, manager, sales executive, CEO, scout leader, youth coach, club member or officer, as pastor and parishioner,” Rohner said.

The registration fee is just $49 by credit card or check. Register at For more information, contact Rohner at or 800-876-3546 x 283.



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