Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process

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.With today's rising levels of anxiety in society and its resulting impact on families, there is little doubt that such anxiety impacts the church. The elevation of pressures within congregations and the increasing demands placed on clergy make it imperative that leaders step back from the fray to assess their own capacity for managing themselves in a calm, more differentiated way.

Beginning December, 2016, a new, third Clergy Clinic group will be added to the well-known two groups that have met each year in Lombard, Illinois. In addition to Group A and Group B, that will continue to meet in Lombard, a new Group C will begin in San Diego, California. Group C will have the same format as the other groups, with some difference in scheduling and tuition. Download a brochure for the groups in Lombard and the new group in San Diego here on this webpage.

Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process and Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process are both designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting. They provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition which has implications for all aspects of life.


Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process

This leadership training program is for pastors who want to further develop their ability to manage themselves in emotionally intense situations including church conflicts.

The Clergy Clinic meets for three days, three times a year (for a total of nine days of training). Group A and Group B meet in Lombard, IL (a western suburb of Chicago); a new, third Group C will begin meeting in San Diego, CA. All three groups contain the same material and format, but, offer different meeting dates and locations.

All three Clergy Clinic groups, and Advanced Clergy Clinic, have two primary components:

  • Input and discussion on family systems theory
  • Presentation of case studies by participants.

The program will enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders in their ministry setting.


The dates for the three 2016-2017 Clergy Clinics are:

Group A – Lombard, IL

Oct. 24-26, 2016  –  Feb. 20-22, 2017  –  April 24-26, 2017

Group B – Lombard, IL

Nov. 7-9, 2016  –  March 6-8, 2017  –  May 1-3, 2017

Group C – San Diego, CA

Dec. 5-7, 2016  –  March 13-15, 2017  –  May 22-24, 2017


Here are the dates for the 2017-2018 Clergy Clinic:

Group A - Lombard, IL

Oct. 23-25, 2017  -  Feb. 19-21, 2018  -  April 23-25, 2018

Group B - Lombard, IL

Nov. 6-8, 2017  -  Feb. 26-28, 2018  -  April 30-May 2, 2018