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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.
  • 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.

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.

UPCOMING LAC EVENTS

Currently we have several sessions of Leadership and Anxiety in the Church scheduled for this year. The dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Christ Church Cathedral
Hartford, CT
Workshop brochure
Church group discount

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Minnetonka United Methodist Church
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Church group discount

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
First Mennonite Church
Richmond, VA
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Church group discount

Don’t see a date and location that is convenient for you? Your church, judicatory, or organization can sponsor this event at a time and place that is convenient for you. For more information about hosting Leadership and Anxiety in the Church for your particular group, click here.

REGISTRATION & DISCOUNTS

To register online for an upcoming Leadership and Anxiety in the Church event, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/720852.  Please be aware that, if you choose to register online, you will be assessed a small non-refundable service fee by Brown Paper Tickets.

If you prefer to send in a registration form with a check, you can download a registration brochure here.

Church group discounts are available.  When four to six persons register together from the same congregation, the discount is $5 apiece.  For groups of seven or more, the discount is $10 apiece.  To download the group discount coupon and see the requirements, click here.

Contact Us

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

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

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