LMPC

HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center seeks to proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice, and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation, wherever and whenever we can.

LMPC

HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center seeks to proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice, and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation, wherever and whenever we can.

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 16:24

HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS

The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose. This workshop will help you:
  • Learn how you as a leader can influence the health of your congregation – how to detect and avoid unhealthy patterns of living together in community
  • Learn how to keep anxiety from becoming infectious
  • Gain confidence in responding to challenges and opportunities
  • Learn how to put limits on invasive behavior, manage reactivity, and overcome sabotage
  • Discover how leaders can function as the congregation’s immune system
  • Learn to focus on strengths, resources, options, and the future

Take Healthy Congregations this fall

There will be two opportunities to take Healthy Congregations this fall: one in the Midwest and one in the South.  Utica United Methodist Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan will host Healthy Congregations on Friday evening, October 5 through Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2018.  Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA will host this workshop on Friday evening, November 16 through Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Healthy Congregations is especially beneficial when groups from the same congregation attend together.  Those who attend as part of such a group can save $10-$20 apiece.  Coupons for a church group discount are available for both HC Sterling Heights and HC Atlanta.  For complete details—including a sample schedule, fees, qualifications for the discount,and a registration form—please refer to the relevant brochure (HC in Sterling Heights or HC in Atlanta).

Facilitator

The facilitator for such a program would be either Richard Blackburn, LMPC Executive Director, or Bill Blank, LMPC Associate Director. Both are accredited training facilitators for the Healthy Congregations workshop, and have extensive training in family systems theory, as well as broad experience consulting with pastors and congregations from that theoretical framework

Workshop Outline

To see the standard outline of this workshop, click on the Workshop Flyer. Please note that this workshop schedule can be customized for groups if needed.

Would you like to provide this training for a group at a time and place that is convenient for you?  Your church, judicatory, or organization can sponsor this event in order to provide this training to your staff, leaders, or members of your community.  For more information about sponsoring and hosting an LMPC training event in your area,  call us at 630-627-0507, or email us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.

 

Background

Healthy Congregations is a workshop designed by Peter Steinke, author of the books How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems and Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach.

A key concept at the heart of Healthy Congregations is “self-differentiation,” meaning people’s capacity to calmly articulate what they think and value, and to act on that basis, while staying in active relationship with those who disagree.

This crucial training for both clergy and lay leaders is designed for presentation as a single, nine-hour workshop. It can be adapted for formats such as leadership retreats or an adult Sunday School series.

Contact Us

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

101 W. 22nd Street, Suite 206
Lombard, IL 60148
630-627-0507

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