Thinking Systems While Leading Faith Communities

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM, At-door registration begins at 8:30 AM
Location: St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 North Oakland Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203 (at Virginia Square Metro). Taking the Metro is strongly advised.

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


Panel Discussion




Case Studies in Congregational Leadership

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




Bowen Theory and Theologies

Rev. Carol Jeunnette, PhD, Bowen Archives Project


Panel Discussion




Getting Around

The entrance to St. George’s Episcopal Church is located at 3742 9th Street North. Look for a door marked with the number 3 and a volunteer. If the door is locked and a volunteer is not present, please knock. Please do not use the intercom system.

Taking the Metro is strongly advised. Parking at St. George’s is not available, unless you have a handicap sticker. 2-4 hour parking is available in the neighborhood as well as parking at George Mason University Arlington. For street parking, please read the signs to see daily restrictions.

Using Public Transportation
St. George’s is conveniently located one block west of the Virginia Square Metro Station (on the orange line and right around the corner from Starbucks) and within one block of two different capital bike share stations.

More Info

For further information, please The Bowen Center.