May Leadership Series Special Presentation

May Leadership Series

2018 May Leadership Series Special Event

May 4, 2018

*All registrations include lunch catered by Seminary Hill Farm. If you have any food restrictions, please contact the HC office

This year’s May Leadership Series Special Event will feature John Engels, founder and president of Leadership Coaching, Inc. in Rochester, NY.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 in the nation’s capital, and is an invited Practitioner-Scholar for the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University.

John Engels founded Leadership Coaching, Inc. in 1996, to deliver cutting-edge, science-based leadership and relationship management strategies to top-level leaders of family businesses and professional firms. To accomplish that mission, John and his colleagues have become respected investigators, translators and animators of high-impact human and animal research, including the fascinating field studies of wolves, elephants and chimpanzees. John’s commitment to continual learning and innovation has solidified his firm’s reputation for delivering powerful, practical lessons and skills to leaders worldwide.


Taking on Relationship Challenges:

Managing Self and Coaching Others in the Family and Congregation

Relationship challenges emerge wherever humans gather. In his work, Engels helps parents, pastors and other leaders to manage those challenges with compassion, connection, calmness, clarity and courage.

Engels refers to relationship skills as “the new asceticism.” Firmly grounded in Bowen Family Systems Theory and the natural sciences, his presentations teach and demonstrate skills for application in family and congregational relationships. His experience in developing countries and his 20 years meeting with inmates inside Attica Prison has shaped his approach with depth and challenge.

Engels will share key principles for relationship management, stories, and a lively mix of stimulating input. Participants will engage in small group discussion and large group application. The last portion of the day will feature his demonstration of key skills in response to the live relationship challenges of participants.

Registration for the Special May Event is included with the 2017/2018 Leadership Series, but is also open to the public.

Everyone enrolled in the Healthy Congregations Membership Network at the time of the event will receive a free link to participate via LiveCast.



Theme: “The Self and The Systems: Emotional Process and the Management of Chronic Illness and Death” and featured guest speaker Dr. David Scott Hargrove.


Theme: “Systems Skeletons and Saints: Navigating the Hidden Past” and featured guest speaker Mickie Crimone.


Theme: “Getting out of Triangles? Managing Yourself in Life & Leadership” and featured guest speaker Laurie Lassiter, Ph.D., MSW.


Theme: “Cooperating for a Future” and featured guest speaker Priscilla J. Friesen, LICSW.


Theme: “Polarization in Society and in Congregations: Understanding It & Addressing It” and featured guest speaker Ronald W. Richardson.


Theme: “Money and Your Ministry” and featured guest speaker Margaret Marcuson.


Featured guest speaker Israel Galindo.


Featured guest speaker Rev. Dr. Larry Matthews.

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