Thinking Systems While Leading Faith CommunitiesMarch 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.
An Overview of Bowen Family Systems Theory
Kenton Derstine, DMin, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Applying Theory: One Pastor’s Story
Rev. Emlyn Ott, DMin, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Case Studies in Congregational Leadership
Rev. Edward Henley, MDiv, Priest of the Episcopal Church
Bowen Theory and Theologies
Rev. Dr. Carol Jeunnette, PhD, Bowen Archives Project