Family Systems Theory Conference

January 2-5, 2017

 

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 Defining your “self” in the practice of ministry

This Family Systems Theory Conference will focus on ways in which you, as a minister, carry out ordinary practices in your ministry, while keeping a focus on defining your “self,” in both your family and your congregation.

The Rev. Robert Creech, PhD will lead the defining  your “self” in the practice of ministry Family Systems Theory Conference as the keynote speaker. Keynote presentations will focus on the relationship between differentiation of self and three primary areas of pastoral ministry: proclamation, pastoral care and leadership.

  • Proclamation

Work on self and proclamation: How does the work of proclamation challenge the minister relationally, making it difficult to speak honestly or prophetically, particularly about potentially contentious issues? How do both positively charged and negatively charged relationships in the congregation make this a potential problem? What is the relationship between one’s work on self in the family and the capacity one gains to be a defined self in the pulpit? How does the preacher speak honestly and even prophetically without being alienated from the congregation? How might ministers function at lower levels of differentiation of self create problems for themselves or the congregation in the pulpit? What would preaching look like at higher levels of differentiation of self?

  • Pastoral Care

Work on self and pastoral care: How does one demonstrate authentic pastoral care with individuals and families in the congregation without being drawn into triangles, over-functioning on behalf of those receiving pastoral care (taking responsibility for fixing things), or without losing the necessary boundaries to carry out other tasks of pastoral ministry? How might one’s role in the family (extended of nuclear), have set the minister up to respond to pastoral care needs in ways that are not ultimately helpful? How might work on oneself in one’s own family allow the minister to become a more effective caregiver? What would pastoral care look like at higher and lower levels of differentiation of self?

  • Leadership

Work on self and leadership: What challenges to congregational leadership arise from the intensity of relational attachments (positive or negative) in the pastor’s life? How does one’s functioning in one’s family of origin or one’s nuclear family show up in minister’s leadership practices? How might one work on the effectiveness of pastoral leadership by working on one’s self in the family? What would congregational leadership look like at higher and lower levels of differentiation of self?

Attendees are encouraged to read Robert’s co-authored book The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2003), which applies principles of Bowen Family Systems Theory to the personal development of congregational leaders.

Robert Creech Book

To inquire about payment plan options, contact us at 800.460.4401 ext. 246. Space is limited! Register now.

Rev Robert Creech

Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Robert Creech, PhD is co-author of The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2003), which applies principles of Bowen Family Systems Theory to the personal development of congregational leaders. Dr. Creech received a BA degree from Houston Baptist University in 1974, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist University in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1976, and a PhD in New Testament Studies from Baylor University in 1984. He has participated in clinical conferences and coaching in Bowen Theory since 1998, and spent a portion of his sabbatical in 2000 at the Georgetown Family Center. Since 2009 he has held the Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He also serves as Director of Pastoral Ministries, overseeing the seminary’s theological field education program.


Plenary Leader

KatieLongKatie Long: Ministry and Nodal Events in Families: Birth, Marriage, Death

Katie Long, a United Methodist pastor, has studied Bowen theory for over twenty years, including five years in the Postgraduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of Family. Katie loves being a pastor, particularly preaching, worship, pastoral care, and helping mobilize members to build each other up, draw others into Christian life and serve in their mission field. She has been blessed with many pastoral experiences – as a hospital chaplain, pastor of three congregations, associate pastor (for prayer, caring and adult discipleship) in a large church and a campus minister. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School at TCU and has studied family systems theory for many years.


Plenary Leader

Victoria HarrisonVictoria Harrison: Working on Self in One’s Family: Nuclear and Extended

Victoria Harrison, MA practices Bowen Family Systems psychotherapy using neurofeedback and biofeedback with individuals, couples and families in her Houston office. She also directs Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family (CSNSF), a Texas non-profit educational program that holds programs for clergy, therapists and other professionals, as well as for family members. She commutes to Washington, DC, to serve on Bowen Center for the Study of Family faculty and directs the Online Introduction to Bowen Theory and Applications. Ms. Harrison develops and teaches programs based upon her work with the Bowen theory nationally and internationally, where clergy often participate.


Plenary Leader

Rob PriceRob Price: True Grit: Staying in Family and Staying in Ministry for the Long-Term

Fr. Rob and Kate moved to Spring with their three boys, Matt (16), Tommy (13), and Christopher (9) in December 2005. Originally Fr. Rob thought he would be a history professor, but after a conversion experience in which he met the Risen Lord, Rob began to discern a call to the priesthood. Even then, he thought that perhaps he would still teach in a seminary setting. However, along the way Rob not only fell in love with God, but also God’s people, and after an invitation by his bishop to take a parochial call, he left academia. Fr. Rob cut his teeth on youth ministry: his first volunteer role in a parish as a graduate student in New Haven, CT was teaching the youth confirmation class, and his first two parish jobs involved youth ministry and young adults and families.

This experience infused a passion in Rob for bringing families to Christ through the ministries of the Church, and since his arrival he’s focused on building a parish life and spirituality in which all parishioners — but especially the children and youth — find a home at St. Dunstan’s. He loves teaching about his passion — the Bible — and leading God’s people in worship no matter the musical style. Having lost his faith as a teenager, Fr. Rob believes in a “high-commitment Christianity” that takes nothing for granted and is, at its heart, a life of joy and thanksgiving to God for his love shown to us in Jesus.

 

 

*Schedule subject to change

Monday, January 2

3:30 p.m. Check-In at Front Desk of Registration Building

4:30 p.m. Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory, Grace Room

5:30 p.m. Dinner, King Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions, Grace Room

6:45 p.m. Worship, Grace Room

7:15 p.m. Keynote I: Robert Creech, Grace Room, “Work on Self and Proclamation”

Tuesday, January 3

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast, King Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Grace Room

8:45 a.m. Keynote II: Robert Creech, Grace Room, “Work on Self and Pastoral Care”

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Katie Long, Grace Room, “Ministry and Nodal Events in Families: Birth, Marriage, Death”

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Questions & Answers w/Leaders, Grace Room

12:00 p.m. Lunch, King Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. Family of Origin Presentation, Grace Room

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Family of Origin Cohort Groups, Grace Room/Chicken House

In these small group sessions, each person will create or update and interpret their own family diagram, learning to see and understand how key family events and patterns affect their current functioning in life and ministry. Participants will bring a prepared skeleton family diagram to flesh out in this group study session. Group formation will be based on Family Systems Theory level of experience and be guided by the conference leaders.

3:15 p.m. Free Time, Bus Tour of Mo-Ranch, optional

5:30 p.m. Dinner, King Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. Worship, Grace Room

7:15 p.m. Plenary Session: Victoria Harrison, Grace Room, “Working on Self in One’s Family: Nuclear and Extended”

9:00 p.m. Discussion and Fellowship, Grace Room

Wednesday, January 4

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast, King Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer: Grace Room

8:45 a.m. Keynote III:  Robert Creech, Grace Room, “Work on Self and Leadership”

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Rob Price, Grace Room, “True Grit: Staying in Family and Staying in Ministry Long-term”      

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Questions & Answers w/Leaders, Grace Room

12:00 p.m. Lunch, King Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. Family of Origin Cohort Groups Group Spaces

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Family of Origin Cohort Groups Group Spaces

3:15 p.m. Free Time

5:30 p.m. Dinner, King Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. Worship, Grace Room

7:15 p.m. Free Time                                                                                                                                    

Thursday, January 5

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast, King Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. Pack up/Check out of Hotel Rooms                          

9:00 a.m. Panel Discussion, Grace Room               

11:00 a.m. Closing Worship, Grace Room

 

 

All participants will be housed in Pheasant Run hotel rooms.

Costs are all-inclusive: 8 meals, lodging and tuition.

Single: $895.00
Double: $750.00
Commuter: $540.00

Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for: training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.

Click here to learn more information about scholarships that Mo-Ranch offers.

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 10 days prior to the conference.

There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 10 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.

Transportation

Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2 hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 329-2360 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport (Directions to Mo).

 

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