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Ronald Richardson Joins Leadership In Ministry Line-up for November

The Leadership in Ministry (LIM) program lineup keeps getting better and better! Ronald Richardson has been added to the list of LIM instructors for the November 2014 session at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Richardson, best-selling author and healthy church expert, will join Robert Dibble, James Lamkin and Israel Galindo in offering this unique leadership development experience for clergy and ministry leaders. Richardson will present the topic “Pastoral Care of Congregations.”

The LIM workshop will apply Bowen Family Systems Theory as further developed by Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation and A Failure of Nerve, to leadership in ministry and organizations. Richardson has written extensively on Bowen Family Systems Theory.

Working in the field of pastoral counseling as a pastor, a marriage and family therapist, and finally as executive director of the North Shore Counseling Centre in Vancouver, BC, Richardson used Bowen Family Systems Theory as his preferred method of working with people. His family systems based books are written from his own experiences in his clinical practice with clients, and from his teaching work with students from various clinical disciplines, as well as with clergy of different denominations.

LIM participants will spend a majority of workshop time in small group case studies led by Dibble, Lamkin and Galindo. As such, participants work to apply the theory to the “real world” realities of their ministry context.

Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Some participants have attended for several years, with some participating for almost a decade, reaping the benefits of long-term commitment to personal and professional growth.

The dates for the Atlanta workshops are November 17-19, 2014 and March 9-11, 2015. For more information or to register, visit here or to learn more about LIM, click here.


For further reading:

  • For a great list of books on Family Systems Theory (including several by Ronald Richardson and Israel Galindo) check out LIM’s recommended reading (Columbia's bookstore has many in stock- support our campus bookstore!)
  • To read participant Duncan Teague's perspective on LIM, read this from the May 2014 Journeying Together