Thinking Systems While Leading Faith Communities

March 10, 2017

Leaders of faith communities are working and living in a system of systems. The leader must not only observe and think but also act. This day is devoted to exploring leadership in faith communities in light of Bowen family systems theory.

Faith communities and families are under stress in the midst of deepening divisions at all levels of society. Bowen theory can offer a perspective useful to leaders, not only to understand the emotional process swirling around, but to work effectively toward fulfilling the mission and purpose of their communities.

This one-day conference is intended for leaders new to Bowen theory as well as those familiar with systems thinking who want to expand their efforts. The conference also will explore connections between Bowen theory and theology.

Tentative Schedule

9:00

An Overview of Bowen Family Systems Theory

Kenton Derstine, DMin, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

10:00

Break

10:15

Applying Theory: One Pastor’s Story

Rev. Emlyn Ott, DMin, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

11:15

Panel Discussion

11:45

Lunch

1:00

Case Studies in Congregational Leadership

Rev. Edward Henley, MDiv, Priest of the Episcopal Church

2:00

Break

2:15

Bowen Theory and Theologies

Rev. Dr. Carol Jeunnette, PhD, Bowen Archives Project

3:15

Panel Discussion

3:45

Adjourn