"Exploring Natural Systems: Dancing Together"
A retreat designed for pastors serving in settings with other pastors or supervising a congregational program staff. 

Thursday-Friday, May 3-4, 2018
Location: St. Andrew Village, New London, MN 
(Formerly the PSST Retreat)
PRESENTER: Deacon Mary Ann Schwabe

Deacon Mary Ann Schwabe is the Natural Systems
Coordinator in the Office of the Presiding Bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. From 2005 to 2014 she served as an assistant to the bishop in the   Northeastern Ohio Synod and continues to coordinate that synod's Congregational Resource Team as it promotes well-being in its leaders and congregations through the use of family systems theory. 

Prior to her calls to the synod and churchwide staff, she served congregations as a deacon with a focus in church music, religious education, and family ministry. Mary Ann has a Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton College and a Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She has studied and applied Bowen family systems theory since 1994, initially in her own family of origin work and in parish leadership.

In her call to the Northeastern Ohio Synod staff, she  developed a working group committed to congregational systems endeavors in three primary areas: congregational struggle, the call process, and family systems seminars for clergy and church leaders. The development of a resource team and its ongoing task and training has become a vital ministry of the synod. Mary Ann's primary areas of interest are in addressing congregational anxiety and facilitating a view of parish leadership through family process and a natural systems lens.

Mary Ann is a member of Voyagers national colloquy on Bowen theory and its application by the late Rabbi Ed Friedman, a leadership coach and congregational consultant, and as board member and chair of Healthy Congregations, Inc. She has been part of the development team of the ELCA Systems Academy, is a coordinator of Academy sessions and, as part of the Academy curriculum, facilitates the formation and training of synod teams which oversee congregational well-being.

Mary Ann and her husband Rick have five adult children and eight grandchildren.
  • $35 Commuting 
  • $36 Individual (includes lodging)
  • $100 Pastoral Team Rate (includes lodging) 
Take advantage of the team discounted price when you register two or more pastoral staff serving in one congregation or parish. Each pastor will have to register themselves but click the team rate.

Team rate includes lodging however you will not be lodging as a team. Lodging will be same gender in double rooms. A single room is an additional $20.  Please see online registration for roommate and single room requests.

Click here to register.  Registration Deadline is Friday, May 6, 2017

Thursday, May 3

3:30pm Registration begins
5:30 Supper in Dining Room 
6:15 Opening Matters


Discussion regarding confidentiality

Ice Breaker
8:30 Social time - If you would like please bring
a snack or beverage to share.
Friday, May 4 
Breakfast in Dining Hall 
9:15 Morning Devotions
9:30 Deacon Mary Ann Schwabe"Staff Relations -Your Family Always Hangs Around"
11:00 Free Time/Conversations
Noon Lunch in Dining Hall 
1:00pm Case Studies 
2:30 Closing Matters
Free time at camp, or homeward bound!

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