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Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective (Sep. 24 or Dec. 3)
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Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective (Sep. 24 or Dec. 3)
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is again offering its workshop Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective. Since the publication of Dr. Edwin Friedman's Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have become aware of Bowen family systems theory as a way of understanding congregational dynamics. Family systems theory identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning. The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church 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.

The seminar is comprised of a series of PowerPoint presentations originally conceived for LMPC's Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process. Works of art illustrating Biblical themes from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras are integrated at various points to facilitate theological reflection on the themes being presented.  

The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church is being offered by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center as part of its ongoing mission to help Christ's church grow in health and wholeness, into all that God wants it to be.

Workshop Schedule
Thursday, September 24  OR  December 3, 2020

9:00-10:15   The Road to Damascus: The Church and Change in an Age of Anxiety
  • Anxiety in Action: A Congregational Case Study
  • Linear Cause-Effect Thinking vs. Systems Thinking
  • Distinguishing Between Acute Anxiety and Chronic Anxiety
  • Understanding the Roots of Anxiety
  • Societal Anxiety: Its Impact on the Church

10:15-10:30   Break

10:30-12:00   "They Know Not What They Do":  The Scapegoat Mechanism and Church Conflict
  • The Scapegoating Process in Church Systems: Case Studies
  • The Family Projection Process in Bowen Theory
  • The Scapegoat Mechanism in the Work of RenĂ© Girard
  • Reflections on Christ's Passion in Art: Exposing the Scapegoat Mechanism to the Light

12:00-1:00   Lunch

1:00-2:30   The Importance of Not Being Earnest:  Reversals, Playfulness, and Paradox
  • Understanding Triangles and the Importance of Maintaining a Non-Anxious Presence
  • Murray Bowen and Edwin Friedman on Reversals, Playfulness, and Paradox: Video Clips of the Masters at Work

2:30-2:45   Break

2:45-4:00   The Road to Damascus: Lessons for Leadership in Anxious Times
  • The Conversion of Paul in Art: Learning from Paul's Experience with Radical Change
  • Self-Differentiated Leadership: A Key to Overcoming the Impact of Anxiety

This workshop will be conducted online via Zoom video conferencing. Registrants will attend on their computer. A link will be sent to all registrants shortly before the event begins (no later than 24 hours before the event begins). A manual will be shipped to the registrant's street address prior to the event.

Registration Fee
The early-bird fee is $109.00. If received after September 11, 2020 (for the Sep. 24 event) or after November 20 (for the Dec. 3 event), the fee is $139.00. Fee includes training manual. Cancellations are subject to a nonrefundable administration fee of $25.00, if LMPC receives notice of cancellation by dates mentioned above; after that date, there will be no refund for cancellations, since the manuals will have already been sent to registrants..

Church group discounts are available. When 4 to 6 persons register together by the deadline (Sep. 11 or Nov. 20) the fee is $99 per person.  For groups of 7 or more, the fee is $89 each. All discounts for individuals or groups expire on Sep. 11 for the Sep. 24 session, or Nov. 20 for the Dec. 3 session. When registering for a group, please be sure to have all contact info handy for each individual  especially the email address needed for the Zoom link  because you will have a limited amount of time to complete the registration process.

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. Registrants agree not to share the Zoom link or allow others who have not paid the registration fee to view the presentation.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507.

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Timezone: America/Chicago
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