April 12-14 and October 4-6, 2021
The Leadership in Ministry Workshop at Kansas City is a twice-a-year, peer-based clergy leadership development program. It is part of the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning of Columbia Theological Seminary. Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring). Some participants have attended for several years, with some participating for almost a decade, reaping the benefits of long-term commitment to personal and professional growth.
The Leadership in Ministry workshops will apply Bowen Family Systems Theory as further developed by Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation and A Failure of Nerve, to ministerial and organizational leadership. The majority of time is spent in small group case studies led by participants and facilitated by experienced faculty coaches. As such, participants work to apply the theory to the “real world” realities of their ministry context.
The Leadership in Ministry workshops in Kansas City are continuing with a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the spring session. This session will include group and individual coaching sessions and theory presentations. A decision about the fall will be made in summer 2021.
NOTE: Missouri Union Presbytery will provide $400 grants for any pastor who wants to attend. Contact the Presbytery office for information.