Congregational leaders, are you concerned by conflict and reactive behaviors in your church? Here’s help. This course features two popular workshops: the “Healthy Congregations” workshop uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders become more effective stewards of their congregations. The workshop, originally created by Dr. Peter Steinke, is based on the work of Dr. Murray Bowen. The specific design was developed by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC). It builds on Generation to Generation, by Dr. Edwin Friedman, who taught church leaders the importance of understanding family systems theory in congregations.This workshop helps both clergy and lay leaders expand their insight into how churches function as emotional systems.
The “Conflict Transformation Skills” workshop is Christian peacemaking, one of LMPC’s more popular programs. Participants learn their own conflict management assets and liabilities. They hone their own skills for conflict transformation. The instructor is LMPC-trained facilitator. In the leisurely and meditative setting of Ghost Ranch, there will be time to work through basic systems thinking, practice the art of peacemaking and gain wisdom from Friedman’s Fables. It would be most helpful to a congregation if several leaders attend together. What is learned will then be more easily incorporated back home with support from one another.
James Roghair served 9 years as interim pastor in 3 denominations. He was certified as a PCUSA interim ministry specialist in 2004. Healthy congregations training with Bowen family systems theory, conflict management/mediation training, and sexual misconduct prevention/follow-up are areas of expertise. Informing his teaching is broad pastoral experience of 40 years — including inner city African-American, Alaska Iñupiaq (Eskimo) and suburban white churches.
Week(s) 08/13/2012 – 08/19/2012
Instructor(s) James Roghair Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152