Leadership in Ministry
Registration for workshops is open. Click on your preferred location below to register.
Atlanta, GA: March 14-16 and November 7-9, 2022
Lynchburg, VA: March 21-23 and September 19-21, 2022
Boston, MA: May 16-18 and October 3-5, 2022
Online: Spring and Fall 2022, monthly meetings TBD
Registration still open for fall sessions. We will be meeting in person following COVID precautions put in place by each host location. This includes but is not limited to wearing a mask, social distancing in public spaces and daily temperature checks.
January 21, 2022, 3 PM ET: Keith Harder, “Climate Change and BFST”
February 11, 2022, 3 PM ET: Margaret Marcuson, “King David: A Case Study in Basics of Bowen Theory”
March 11, 2022, 3 PM ET: Elaine Boomer, “The Ever- Present but Elusive Emotional Process”
April 22, 2022, 3 PM ET: Vanessa Ellison, “I’ve got Nothing: Ways to get unstuck when doing this work”
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 (Online)
The Leadership in Ministry Online program is new addition to the long-running Leadership in Ministry workshops. This program is a twice-a-year, peer-based, clergy leadership development program and is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong...
Leadership in Ministry: Atlanta
The Leadership in Ministry workshop in Atlanta 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 workshop includes monthly webinars, peer coaching groups and plenaries....
Leadership in Ministry Lynchburg 2022
The Leadership in Ministry workshop in Lynchburg 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 workshop includes monthly webinars, peer coaching groups and plenaries.
Leadership in Ministry: Boston
The Leadership in Ministry workshop in Boston 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 workshop includes monthly webinars, peer coaching groups and plenaries.