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Family Systems

January 12-15, 2015
Family Systems Theory enables leaders to think differently about congregational relationships. Equip and enable clergy and church professionals to lead their congregations with emotional integrity and maturity.


Mickie Crimone is an organizational consultant who helps business executives redefine their leadership style and integrate a systems approach to managing both their employees and the organization as a whole. She has consulted to all kinds of organizations from small family business to complex systems and churches.Mickie is a co-founder of The Center for Family Process in Bethesda,Maryland. She has been associated for 25 years with the late Edwin Friedman who pioneered the application of the Bowen Theory to family systems leadership. The Center provides consultation and education to clergy, business executives, educators and health care providers. Through her work with the Center, Mickie teaches a way of thinking that integrates planning, management, staff relations, and the handling of difficult members through the concept of leadership. The central tenet is that the key to an organization's ability to function is the clarity and self-regulation of the leader.As a leader herself, she served as the director of a wide range of public and private organizations. She began her business career as part of a four-generation family business. She conducts workshops and gives speeches on systems theory nationwide.Mickie's executive coaching/consulting private practice is based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes clients in a variety of other states as well.

Dr. David Jones holds a Th.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Emory University and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He got his M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the PCUSA in 1982. He directed the Doctor of Ministry program at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 2003 to 2012, is a published author, and now works as Interim Ministry Specialist. He has been studying family systems for over thirty years.

Rev. Trisha Taylor is a counselor and minister living in Houston, TX. She is co-author of the Leadership Network book, he Leader's Journey:  Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational transformation. She works with ministers and congregations in a variety of ways, including Ridder Church Renewal with the Reformed Church in America in various parts of the country. Additionally, Trisha works with  Faithwalking, an ecumenical ministry committed to making disciples who are equipped for missional living. She is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and holds a state license in counseling. She is married to a pastor and has two adult children.

Dr. Doug Hester is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. He is counseling pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, San Antonio. A licensed marriage and family therapist, he regularly leads classes and retreats on Family Systems Theory with clergy, church and lay professionals, in Texas and Arkansas and Washington State. Hester contributed a chapter to the book, Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding The Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory.


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Hotel double occupancy $595

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