Healthy Congregations

Healthy Congregations

Healthy Congregations

Healthy Congregations (8 sessions available)

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is again hosting its Healthy Congregations. The Healthy Congregations workshop uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders become more effective stewards of their congregations. The workshop was developed by Dr. Peter Steinke and is based on the work of Dr. Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue.

Since the publication of Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have come to recognize the importance of understanding family systems theory as it relates to congregations. The Healthy Congregations workshop helps both clergy and lay leaders expand their insight into how churches function as emotional systems.

Friedman noted that in many congregations today negative, reactive forces are allowed to set the agenda for the church. He believed that such reactivity in churches is reflective of societal anxiety, which is likely to increase in the years ahead. We can, therefore, expect ever increasing levels of reactivity in our churches for the foreseeable future.

What can be done to prevent anxiety from becoming a toxic force in your congregation? The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose.

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

to Zoom

What is Systems Thinking?
Video Case Study: "The Anxious Congregation/The Responsible Congregation


Healthy Congregations Respond to Anxiety
Healthy Congregations Invite Differentiation of Self

Lunch Break

Healthy Congregations Focus on Strength
Healthy Congregations Manage Conflict


In Healthy Congregations, Leaders Challenge People
In Healthy Congregations, Leaders Focus on Mission
In Healthy Congregations, Leaders Promote
Health Through Their Presence and Functioning Planning For a Healthier Congregation


This event will be conducted remotely via Zoom video conferencing. Registrants will attend on their computer.  Zoom offers opportunity for participants to interact in break-out sessions. People from the same church will be placed in the same break-out group. Registrants will be expected to have a device with both a camera and a microphone to fully participate.

Registration Fee

The preregistration fee is $99.00. If received after July 7, 2020 the fee is $129.00. Fee includes training manual. If fully registered by the deadline, groups of 4-6 will receive a discount of $10 apiece, and groups of 7 or more will receive a discount of $20 apiece.  PLEASE BE SURE to have handy all contact information for each member of your group  full name, email address, street address, and phone number   so that all information can be entered completely without being timed out.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are subject to a $25 nonrefundable administration fee, if LMPC receives notice of cancellation by July 7; after that date, there will be no refunds, since the manuals will have already been shipped. All refunds subject to approval. Please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507 with any questions or concerns..

By registering for this event, it is understood that all registrants have read and agree to the cancellation policy spelled out in the above registration fee section.

For a brochure with the full information for this event click here

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