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Advanced Clergy Clinic 2019-2020 (Part 1 of 3)

October 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - October 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will again host its Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process over this coming fall, winter, and spring.

Since the publication of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue, by Dr. Edwin Friedman, pastors and other clergy have recognized the importance of understanding Bowen family systems theory as it relates to congregational systems.

Dr. Murray Bowen understood families as emotional systems impacted by two key factors: the level of anxiety within the system and the level of differentiation of family members. As a student of Bowen, Dr. Edwin Friedman saw the relevance of Bowen’s ideas for religious congregations and their leaders.

With today’s rising level of anxiety in society and its resulting impact on families, there is little doubt that such anxiety will impact the church with increasing intensity in the years ahead. The resulting elevation of pressures within congregations and the increasing demands which that places on clergy make it imperative that leaders step back occasionally from the fray to assess their own capacity for managing themselves in a calmer, more differentiated way.

The Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting. It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one’s ministry, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition which has implications for all aspects of life.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
350 E Madison Street Lombard, Illinois
Lombard is in the western suburbs of Chicago, approximately 30-45 minutes by car from both O’Hare and Midway airports.

Tuition for the series is $1100 for registrations received prior to September 16, 2019, and $1300 if received after this date. Cancellations are subject to a non-refundable administration fee of $100, if LMPC receives notification prior to September 23, 2019, or half the registration fee if notified prior to  September 30, 2019.  After that date there will be no refunds or credit for missed sessions, since family of origin group leaders will have already been hired. For further information please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507.

By registering for this event, it is understood that all registrants have read and agree to the cancellation policy spelled out in the above tuition section.  Participants in the Advanced Clergy Clinic will have completed LMPC’s basic Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, attended the Advanced Clergy Clinic in a previous year, or been accepted into the program on the basis of documented background in Bowen family systems theory. Please contact LMPC if you have questions.

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October 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am
October 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm