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A New Spirituality of Leadership: Using Family Process to Deepen and Revitalize Congregational Life


  • EQB Building at the University of the South Sewanee, TN 37375 (map)
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Utilizing the insights of family process as outlined in Rabbi Edwin Friedman's groundbreaking work Generation to Generation 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. 

This workshop—designed for clergy and lay practitioners of all faiths—will explore family process in depth from the perspective of a congregational setting, paying special attention to relevant biblical and theological themes. The work will be a collaborative experience, utilizing didactics, audio-visual resources, plenary presentations, and small-group discussions.

Participants will explore:

  • The dynamics of healthy functioning among members and ministers,

  • The deep spiritual dimensions of mature responses to anxiety,

  • How leaders can regenerate and transform congregational vitality,

  • New insights for forming and training effective pastoral leaders,

  • The biblical and theological roots of a family process approach.

When pastoral and lay leaders can self-differentiate, remain non-anxious, and yet stay deeply connected to others, the spiritual integrity that emerges from that identity can empower the development of healthy relationships that foster congregational ministry and mission.

Join us in beautiful Sewanee, Tennessee for this wonderful event!


Tuition: $275
Tuition includes materials and lunch on both days.
University of the South faculty & staff: $125 (lunch included)
University of the South students & seminarians: Free (no meals)

Lodging is not included with tuition. For travel & accommodation information, click here.

CEUs are available. Contact beecken.center@sewanee.edu for more information.