|A New Spirituality of Leadership: Using Family Process to Deepen & Revitalize Congregational Life|
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|The University of the South
The EQB House
Sewanee, Tennessee 37383
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|Since the publication in 1985 of Edwin Friedman’s groundbreaking work, Generation to Generation, the application of family systems theory to the nature, behavior, and functioning of churches and church leaders has seemingly become routine. However, among many would-be practitioners there continue to be misunderstandings and a lack of awareness of the crucial underlying theses of this approach.
Utilizing the insights of family process to understand the dynamics of a congregational system is not just another pastoral “tool” or method of problem solving. Rather, it goes to the very heart and soul of what it means to be a pastoral leader. When clergy (and lay) pastoral leaders can self-differentiate, remain non-anxious, and yet stay deeply connected to others, the inner integrity that emerges from that identity can empower the development of healthy relationships that fuel congregational ministry and mission.
This workshop, designed for both clergy and lay practitioners, will explore these issues in depth from the perspective of a congregational setting, paying special attention to relevant biblical and theological themes. This will be a collaborative experience, utilizing didactics, audio-visual resources, and plenary and small group discussion and presentations.
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