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

The Clergy Clinic meets for three days, three times a year (for a total of nine days of training). Group A and Group B both meet in Lombard, IL (a western suburb of Chicago).  Both groups contain the same material and format, but offer different meeting dates.

Clergy Clinic includes the following components:

  • Presentations on systems theory as applied to both one’s family and how the church functions as an emotional system
  • Opportunity to reflect on your own family of origin and how patterns learned in your family impact your functioning as a leader
  • Coaching on case studies from participants’ ministry settings
  • Theological reflection on the interface between systems thinking and the call to Christian discipleship


Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process – Description

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.

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.


2017-2018 Clergy Clinic dates:

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

Comments from past participants:

  •  “Clergy Clinic provided a time of healing and strengthening of my ministry.”
  • “I would not still be a pastor if I hadn’t attended Clergy Clinic.”
  • “It is the most helpful thing you will ever do for your ministry.”


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