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LEADERSHIP AND ANXIETY IN THE CHURCH

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

LEADERSHIP AND ANXIETY IN THE CHURCH

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.

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6

LEADERSHIP & ANXIETY IN THE CHURCH – A FAMILY SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE

We live in an age of increased anxiety, which impacts church systems and leaders.  Family systems theory offers a way of understanding congregational dynamics and anxiety.  This seminar 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.  Six separate sessions have been scheduled for this year: March 10, May 13, June 9Aug. 19, Sep. 29, and Nov. 4 (more dates to be added soon).

  • Distinguish between acute anxiety and chronic anxiety
  • Compare the family projection process as understood in Bowen family systems theory, with René Girard’s understanding of scapegoating
  • Gain insight into how the scapegoating process impacts church conflict
  • Understand emotional triangles and the importance of maintaining non-anxious presence
  • Recognize the role of playfulness in defusing anxiety
  • See self-differentiated leadership as a key to overcoming the impact of anxiety
  • Enhance your role as a leader in the church

This workshop has been designed especially for pastors, church council/vestry/session members, pastor–parish committees, and judicatory leaders of all denominations. For participants to derive maximum benefit, we recommend that a team made up of clergy, staff, and lay leadership from the same congregation would attend the event together.

 Workshop Outline 

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

 Recommended Reading

 For a basic grounding in Bowen theory as it applies to the family, we recommend One Family’s Story by Michael Kerr.  For an introduction to how Bowen theory applies to church systems, a book by Ron Richardson, Peter Steinke, or Arthur Boers would be a good place to start.  These books and more are available for purchase at the workshop or directly from LMPC.  For a list of all books we keep in stock on this topic, along with an order form, please click here (prices subject to change without notice).

 Sponsoring an LMPC Event

 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.

 

REGISTRATION & DISCOUNTS

There are two ways to register for Leadership and Anxiety or any of our other training events.  The quickest way is to register on this website via TicketSpice by clicking on the Registration tab above and then on “Buy Tickets.”  You will be assessed a small non-refundable service fee. 

If you prefer, you may mail us your registration form along with your payment by check. You can download a registration brochure by visiting our Brochures & Coupons page, under the Resources tab.

Church group discounts are available for all our one-day events.  When four to more persons register together with full payment, the fee for each person is reduced by $15.

Contact Us

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

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

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