Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective (August 19)
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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Please log on to the workshop at approximately 8:30am Central Time so we can begin the workshop promptly.
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
10:30-12:00 "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 René Girard
- Reflections on Christ's Passion in Art: Exposing the Scapegoat Mechanism to the Light
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
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
2:45-4:00 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. Participants will attend on their computer. For full participation, registrants are expected to have a device with both a camera and a microphone. A link to Zoom will be sent to registrants shortly before the workshop begins. This link is for the exclusive use of the registrant, and is not to be shared.
The early-bird fee is $109.00. If received after August 6, 2020, the fee is $139.00. If fully registered by the deadline, groups of 4 to 6 will pay $99 apiece, and groups of 7 or more will pay $89 apiece. Discounts for both individuals and groups expire on August 6, 2020. Fee includes training manual. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are subject to a nonrefundable $25 administration fee if LMPC receives notice of the cancellation by the discount deadline (varies by session); after that date, no refunds will be given, as manuals will already have been shipped. 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.
For a brochure with the full information for this event we invite you to visit our website at https://lmpeacecenter.org/brochures/.
Online workshop via Zoom (View)
101 West 22nd Street
Lombard, IL 60148
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