Systems Thinking for Leaders in Faith Communities: Staying on a Principled Course in Challenging Times
Leaders of faith communities are working and living in the context of multiple emotional systems. The leader must not only observe and think, but also act. Bowen theory suggests that a thoughtfully developed set of principles is an essential resource for maintaining one’s course when leading. Bowen theory can offer leaders useful guiding principles, not only for understanding the emotional process swirling about, but also in working toward 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 will also explore connections between Bowen theory and theology.
Location: St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 North Oakland Street (at Virginia Square Metro) Arlington, VA 22203
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
February 2, 2018
The Challenges Facing Leaders
Kenton T. Derstine, MDiv, DMin
Principles as the Foundation of Leadership
Randall T. Frost, MDiv
Principles in Action: The Congregation as an Emotional System
Carol Jeunnette, MDiv, PhD
Panel Discussion of Pastors
St. George’s Episcopal Church
915 North Oakland Street
Arlington, Virginia 22203 (at Virginia Square Metro)
The entrance to St. George’s Episcopal Church is located at 3742 9th Street North. Look for a door marked with the number 1 or 2 and a volunteer. If the door is locked and a volunteer is not present, please knock. Please do not use the intercom system.
Parking at St. George’s is not available, unless you have a handicap sticker. Taking the Metro is strongly advised. 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.
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.
Continuing Education Credits
The Georgetown Family Center is approved as a(n):
- Independent provider of continuing education credit by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners and the District of Columbia Board of Social Work.
- Approved provider of continuing education by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work for licensed social workers #SW-0419.
- NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #6225) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
The conference day provides a maximum of 5 hours of Category I continuing education credit for social workers and for counselors.
If you plan to participate in the CEU/CE process, it is necessary to:
- Pay the CEU/CE fee of $15
- Sign CEU/CE registration form each day of conference
- Prepare to stay for the entire conference
- Submit a completed evaluation at day’s end
Return policy: Refunds are available with 24 hour notice.