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Healthy Leadership Series offered through Healthy Congregations

The Healthy Leadership Series is an opportunity for leaders across professions (pastors, religious leaders, educators, administrators and health professionals) to enrich and expand their ability to apply principles of systems thinking to self, family, and organizations. The Series is composed of eight one-day seminars that promote in-depth thinking about self, family, and organizational process through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory. A Seminar day includes plenary presentations in the morning and application of systems theory to workplace and family in small group coaching in the afternoon. Practical application of theory through working with a coach for an extended period of time is at the heart of systems thinking. 


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Presentation 1
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentation 2
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch (onsite with video presentation available)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workplace application (small group coaching)
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Family of origin group (small group coaching)

2017/ 2018 Dates

22 September 2017
27 October 2017
10 November 2017
26 January 2018
23 February 2018
23 March 2018
13 April 2018
4 May 2018


The 2017-2018 Healthy Leadership Series will be located at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO). MTSO is easy to find, located on U.S. Route 23, 10 miles north of I-270 in Delaware. We are excited about this new partnership and some of the exciting opportunities that come with it. While MTSO is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, their student’s represent 20 different faith traditions and mirrors Healthy Congregations’ desire to build ecumenical relationships. MTSO is also home to Seminary Hill Farm, a certified organic farm that is committed to providing and educating people on sustainable farming practices. In-Person participants to this year’s Leadership Series will be provided with a true farm-to-table lunch (and you can actually visit the farm!).

Special May Event

Every year Healthy Congregation invites a guest presenter for our Special May Event. This year’s May Leadership Series Special Event will feature John Engels, founder and president of Leadership Coaching, Inc. in Rochester, NY.  Leadership Coaching, Inc.  offers cutting-edge, science-based leadership and relationship management strategies to top-level leaders of family businesses and professional firms. John earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from St. Bonaventure University, and a master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. For more than 20 years, he studied Family Systems Theory at The Center for Family Process in Bethesda, Maryland and the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, DC.  John currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Registration for the May Event is included with the 2017/2018 Leadership Series.


In Person – $1,050 (This includes lunch from Seminary Hill Farm)

LiveCast – $900

Both options include full participation in the nine month program as well as access to a systems coach either in small group or individual sessions. An initial $100 deposit is due at the time of registration to reserve a place in the program. Additional installments of are due by the September and January seminars. Registration deadline is September 1. Enrollment and attendance is expected for all one-day seminars. No reimbursement or credit for missed sessions. The initial deposit is refundable until two weeks prior to the first seminar.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Healthy Congregations, Inc.
2199 East Main Street
Columbus, OH  43209
614-384-4611 (voice)
614-235-9610 (fax)