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Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process in Charlotte, NC (part 1 of 3)

March 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - March 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process 2019 (Charlotte, NC)

In cooperation with the Leadership Development Team of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will sponsor its Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process in the spring, summer, and fall of 2019.

The 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.

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 Clergy Clinic meets three times throughout the year for three successive days each time, for a total of nine days. The dates for the entire series are as follows:

March 11-13, 2019
June 3-5, 2019
September 9-11, 2019

Monday: 3/11, 6/3, 9/9
1:00 p.m. Faculty Input
5:30 p.m. Supper (provided on site)
6:30 p.m. Faculty Input
8:00 p.m. Adjournment

Tuesdays: 3/12, 6/4, 9/10
9:00 a.m. Input: Bowen Family Systems Theory
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. Family of Origin Groups
5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Wednesdays: 3/13, 6/5, 9/11
9:00 a.m. Input: Emotional Process and Congregational Systems
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. Congregational Case Study Groups
4:30 p.m. Conclusion

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
1901 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC
The church is approximately 9 miles southeast of Charlotte–Douglas International Airport.

Tuition is $1400 for the entire series (grand total of 9 days of training) for registrations received prior to January 21, 2019. The fee is $1,500 for registrations received after January 21 but before February 1, 2019, after which the fee is $1,600. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are subject to a non-refundable fee of $100, if we receive notification prior to February 1, 2019, or half of the registration fee if notified prior to February 15, 2019. After February 15, there will be no refunds or credit for missed sessions, since additional staff will have been hired for this event. For more information please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507.


March 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
March 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm