Leadership in Ministry
Registration for workshops is open. Click on your preferred location below to register.
Atlanta, GA: March 8-10, 2021 and November 11-15, 2021. Registration coming soon.
Kansas City MO: April 12-14, 2021 and October 4-6, 2021
Lynchburg, VA: April 19-21, 2021 and September 20-22, 2021
Boston: May 10-12, 2021 and September 27-29, 2021
Portland: May 17-19, 2021 and September 13-15, 2021
Due to the continuing COVID-related challenges for travel and large group gatherings, we will continue online and virtual formats for the spring of 2021. You will participate in two to three peer-group coaching sessions, two one-on-one coaching sessions with a faculty member, and enjoy five webinars (dates TBD):
January 3:00PM ET: Israel Galindo, “Homeostasis, Change, and Conflict.”
February 3:00PM ET: Elaine Boomer, “Resilient Leadership” or “Cutoff”
March 3:00PM ET: Margaret Marcuson, “How to Handle a Money Crisis (or Simply the Fear of One)”
April 3:00PM ET: Rebecca Maccini, “Self-Promotion vs. Promotion of Self: Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos.”
May 3:00PM ET: Meg Hess, “Subject to Change”
Leadership in Ministry (LIM) Workshops are on-going, cohort experiences to help clergy apply Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) to their ministry settings.
The post-graduate Leadership in Ministry workshops integrates pastoral and organizational leadership with Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a theory of practice. Workshop participants learn how the concepts of BFST can be applied to ministry through this peer-learning, theory-based leadership program. Participants gain insight by learning with others who share their unique vocational challenges and joys.
BFST offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry. By exploring the relationships and patterns in the ministers’ three families (the minister’s own personal family (nuclear and extended) congregation member families and the congregation as a family) in each of the program’s two three-day sessions, LIM Workshops help participants reduce their own anxiety to confidently lead their congregations. Sessions focus on each of the minister’s three interlocking “families”: the ministry setting, families in the congregation, and the minister’s own family of origin.
Purposes of the Workshops
*Teach how the concepts of family emotional process can be applied to all aspects of ministry
*Explore the theological implications of these concepts
*Provide opportunities for reflection upon one’s own ministry through small group case study presentations.
*Guide and encourage participants’ work on genograms and family of origin issues.
*Provide a peer group setting for continuing education focusing upon specific ministry issues
Who Should Attend
Workshop participants have included: pastors, rabbis, other congregational staff members, interim pastors, chaplains, lay leaders, denominational workers, pastoral counselors, public school counselors and early childhood educators. Over 300 men and women from 14 denominations and 28 states and the District of Columbia have participated. Participants have received Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.’s) for both denominational and professional accrediting bodies as well as graduate credit for Doctor of Ministry and other degree programs.
Experience has shown that family systems thinking cannot be learned from a book or a single seminar. Ed Friedman’s oft-repeated statement was: “It takes years of mentoring by someone who has internalized family systems theory and intentional work in your family of origin, for this way of thinking to become your own.”
We hope you will join us for this exciting learning opportunity! Explore the links below for more information on the Leadership in Ministry Workshops.
Upcoming Leadership in Ministry Workshops
Leadership in Ministry: Kansas City
The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Kansas City is a twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The spring session features webinars, online coaching groups, and individual...
Leadership in Ministry: Lynchburg, VA
The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Lynchburg VA is a twice-a-year peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The spring session features webinars, online coaching groups, and...
Leadership in Ministry: Boston
The Leadership in Ministry Workshops at Boston is a twice-a-year, peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The spring session features webinars, online coaching groups, and individual coaching sessions.
Leadership in Ministry: Portland
The Leadership in Ministry Workshops at Portland is a twice-a-year, peer-based clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The spring session features webinars, online coaching groups and individual coaching sessions.