1 Day Workshop
The Congregation as an Interactional System
Thursday May 16, 2013
This interactive workshop will explore what Bowen family systems theory has to say about the relationship processes that are the backdrop for gospel ministry. For any working or training in ministry/pastoral care who are keen to explore how this theory applies to managing self in the midst of relationship challenges in congregations/pastoral community and in ministry teams.
“Bowen’s ‘family systems’ approach encourages people to take responsibility for themselves while observing the emotional processes around them. Outside of the teaching of the Scriptures, I have found Family Systems to be the single most helpful resource in understanding parish life and in navigating change. In coaching I put it to use almost every week.” Ken Morgan
The learning objectives are that participants would be able to –
- Recognise emotional process at work in their congregations and especially in their leadership teams.
- Recognise their own and other’s responses to systems anxiety.
- Be thoughtful about the emotional & relationship processes they observe
- Make thoughtful and well differentiated responses to the emotional processes at work in their congregations
“When tension mounts at work or in any relationship system, there are those who react to the tension with lowered energy levels and those, like myself, who react with increased energy. It’s easy to think that the increased energy is a positive thing, but because it’s driven by anxiety it gets directed in unhelpful ways which get in the way of others working well.”
Jenny Brown . Growing Yourself Up P135
The content aims to assist participants to :-
- Understand predicable system responses to change
- Understand emotional process in congregations – how it works and its effects
- Understand concepts of Bowen theory that will be helpful to understanding relationship phenomena, such as : -
Triangles - understanding the triangling tendency when their is tension, To see how the congregation operates as a network of triangles
The togetherness forces and herding patterns - mature unity Vs reactive unity
The continuum of relational maturity (Differentiation of Self)
Seeing reciprocity in interactions – the over and underfunctioner.
Homeostasis and disruptions to systems equilibrium- Predicable reactions when it is disrupted
Family of origin influence on automatic functioning
Regression in society and organisations
Plus Pre workshop evening event at the FSI in Neutral Bay –
A Dialogue Evening - applying systems theory to ministry contexts - Ken and Jenny will discuss their experience of applying Bowen systems theory to assisting clergy and church workers.
Wednesday PM - 15th May - Dialogue - 6:30-7:30 followed by Q & A & supper to 8pm. Cost - $22.00
Jenny Brown is the Director and founder of the Family Systems Institute in Sydney. She has been counselling individuals, couples and families since the early 80s and has substantial post graduate qualifications from Australia, USA and UK. She is well regarded in Australia for her training in Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory and has been dedicated to developing the application of this model in clinical practice and training and church ministry organisations since the early 1990s. Jenny’s is currently PhD candidate at the University of NSW . She has recently had her first book published: “Growing Yourself Up” which aims to make Bowen theory accessible to the lay audience.
Jenny is married with 2 adult daughters and is delighted to have recently become a grandmother. She has had a lifelong involvement in church and is interested in critiquing her professional work though a biblical lens.
Ken Morgan is the Coordinator – Vision and Strategic Directions for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, specialising in leadership and organisational dynamics with an emphasis on mission. Ken works with a framework of change as a learning experience, and brings together disciplines from the fields of coaching, process consulting and adult learning.
Prior to joining the diocese of Melbourne, Ken served in variety of leadership roles in mission agencies and local churches. He’s also consulted to some of Australia’s major denominations, ministry colleges and Christian not-for-profit organisations. A graduate of Tabor College in Melbourne, Ken also holds a Masters Degree in Business from Victoria University.
He’s married to Janet and has two teenage daughters.
Date: Thursday 16th May, 2013
Workshop Location: “Palapa” Hall – Concord Baptist Church – 1-3 Carrington Street, Nth Strathfield
Transport: North Strathfield Station & good street parking available
** Morning tea , light lunch ,afternoon tea and participants manual provided
*** If on a limited income as a student or mission organization please phone about a discounted registration.
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