The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety. Since the publication of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have become aware of Bowen family systems theory as a way of understanding congregational dynamics. Family systems theory identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning.
The seminar is comprised of a series of PowerPoint presentations originally conceived for LMPC’s Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process. Works of art illustrating Biblical themes from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras are integrated at various points to facilitate theological reflection on the themes being presented.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
9:00-10:15 The Road to Damascus: The Church and Change in an Age of Anxiety
10:30-12:00 “They Know Not What They Do”: The Scapegoat Mechanism and Church Conflict
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on-site, included in registration)
1:00-2:30 The Importance of Not Being Earnest: Reversals, Playfulness, and Paradox
2:45-4:00 The Road to Damascus: Lessons for Leadership in Anxious Times
First Mennonite Church
601 East Parham Rd, Richmond, VA
The preregistration fee is $89.00. If received after September 12, 2018 the fee is $99.00. For those who register after September 19, 2018, or at the door, the fee is $109.00. Fee includes training manual, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Cancellation Policy: All refunds subject to approval. Please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507.