“…follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ.”
—Mary Baker Eddy
'01 34:20

“… I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
—John 5:30


    Contact Info

    Conference planning team:

    Questions about content & objectives: Bruce Jeffrey 816.595.1001

    Logistical support (hotel, etc.): Linda Cunningham 816.759.5447

    Technical support (registration, etc.): Margie Brooks 816.595.1000

— 2019 Open Doors Conference —

follow thou me → inspired leadership


Conference Videos

"Biblical Leadership Workshop"
Evan MacDonald

"The Metaphysics of Inspired Leadership"
Sue Holzberlein, CS

"Universal Leadership"
Janet Horton

"Followership as Leadership"
Heather Vogel Frederick

Conference Materials


A conference on inspired leadership!

This is the second Open Doors conference that will bring together leaders from Christian Science nonprofits to consider prayerfully and practically how we can better serve our fellow Christian Scientists.

The first “Open Doors” conference was held in March 2015. The theme was “We would enter by the door,” a line from Mary Baker Eddy’s poem, “Feed My Sheep.” The topics focused on the “we” — how we work together in the collective demonstration of Christian Science. Participants came from schools, summer camps, nursing facilities, residential facilities, and foundations.

Prior to the first conference, the question asked by many guests was, “Will the conference be metaphysical or practical?” This video provides some interesting insigts on what we learned!



The impact of the first conference and our expanding awareness of even more organizations serving the Christian Science community have led The Principle Foundation Board of Directors to host a second Open Doors conference with an emphasis on leadership — inspired leadership!

Specifically we’ve been led to consider the following questions:

  • What can we learn about leadership from our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy?
  • What does the Master, Christ Jesus, teach us? And what about the prophets?
  • How does it apply to Christian Science organizations?
  • Is leadership needed? And if so, why inspired?
  • What is inspired leadership?



It is our hope to have participation from at least one Board member and one executive staff member from every Christian Science nonprofit organization in the world!


5:00pm Thursday, November 14 – 11:30am Saturday, November 16


Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main St, Kansas City, MO | 816.531.3000

We have reserved 120 rooms and negotiated a rate of $119/day ($139.90 including tax):

  • Hotel Reservation Link (Please note that you must first select an arrival and departure date before clicking on the CHECK AVAILABILITY link. See image below.)
  • Group rate is available until 25‑Oct‑2019 or until the block of rooms is sold out. (Normal rate is $139/night.) Please book early!
  • Rate is valid for two days before and after the conference (12‑Nov‑2019 thru 17‑Nov‑2019).
  • Check in: 3:00pm | Check out: 12:00pm
  • Complimentary self-parking.
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi.