Continuing Education Workshop

Family Systems & the Ministry

Workshop Instructor: Amy Bentley Lamborn, M.Div., Ph.D., NDTS Pastoral Theology Faculty

This 3-day workshop is an introduction to Family Systems Theory, with an emphasis on training newly ordained clergy on the application of the theory in the congregational context. Particular attention will be given to part-time and/or non-stipendiary pastoral leadership in smaller congregations (often referred to as “family sized” congregations), though ideas will more broadly applicable for other contexts. Basic family systems concepts, such as the nature of systems, fields of emotional influence, anxiety, conflict, differentiation, triangulation, and the “non-anxious presence,” will be explored. Attention will also be given to theological perspectives on theory/practice.

The workshop will use traditional presentation, discussion, and the case study method. Participants are invited to bring material from their own contexts; the instructor will have case material available as well. Participants will learn the following:

 The workshop fee is $450.


Monday, 6/25

1–3 p.m.     Arrive, check-in

3–5 p.m.     Session 1

Tuesday, 6/26

8:05–8:45 a.m.    Morning Prayer

9–11 a.m.            Session 2

Noon                   Lunch in refectory

2–4 p.m.             Session 3

Wednesday, 6/27

8:05–8:45 a.m.      Morning Prayer

8:45–10:45 a.m.    Session 4

11 a.m.–Noon        Community Eucharist

2–4 p.m.               Session 5

Thursday, 6/28

8:05–8:45 a.m.       Morning Prayer

9–11 a.m.              Session 6


You may register online here. Registration is limited to 15 participants.