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Healthy Congregations (November 16-17, 2018, Atlanta, GA)
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Atlanta, GA
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Healthy Congregations (November 16-17, 2018, Atlanta, GA)
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center: is again hosting its Healthy Congregations. The Healthy Congregations workshop uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders become more effective stewards of their congregations. The workshop was developed by Dr. Peter Steinke and is based on the work of Dr. Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue.

Since the publication of Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have come to recognize the importance of understanding family systems theory as it relates to congregations. The Healthy Congregations workshop helps both clergy and lay leaders expand their insight into how churches function as emotional systems.

Friedman noted that in many congregations today negative, reactive forces are allowed to set the agenda for the church. He believed that such reactivity in churches is reflective of societal anxiety, which is likely to increase in the years ahead. We can, therefore, expect ever increasing levels of reactivity in our churches for the foreseeable future.

What can be done to prevent anxiety from becoming a toxic force in your congregation? The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose.

Workshop Schedule
Friday, November 16, 2018

6:30-7:00     Registration

7:00-9:30     What is Systems Thinking?
                       Video Case Study: "The Anxious Congregation/The Responsible

Saturday, November 17, 2018

9:00-10:30    Healthy Congregations Respond to Anxiety
                        Healthy Congregations Invite Differentiation of Self

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-12:00   Healthy Congregations Focus on Strength
                         Healthy Congregations Manage Conflict

12:00-1:00     Lunch (on-site  included in registration)

1:00-2:30       In Healthy Congregations, Leaders Challenge People
                         In Healthy Congregations, Leaders Focus on Mission

2:30-2:45       Break

2:45-4:00       In Healthy Congregations, Leaders Promote
                              Health Through Their Presence and Functioning
                          Planning For a Healthier Congregation

Union United Methodist Church
7582 Woodrow Street - Irmo, SC

Registration Fee
The preregistration fee is $99.00. If received after November 2, 2018 the fee is $109.00. For those who register after November 9, 2018, or at the door, the fee is $119.00. Fee includes training manual, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Cancellation Policy: All refunds subject to approval. Please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507..

By registering for this event, it is understood that all registrants have read and agree to the cancellation policy spelled out in the above registration fee section.

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Trinity Presbyterian Church (View)
3003 Howell Mill Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
On BPT Since: Jul 30, 2014
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

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