Leadership Seminar Series

right_logo_healthy_leadership_seminarsThe Healthy Leadership Seminar Series is an opportunity for leaders across professions – pastors and 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.

The eight concepts of Bowen family systems theory will guide the process of learning. Responsibility for learning rests upon each individual.
• Presentation and discussion of theoretical concepts of Bowen theory
• Application of theory in one’s family
• Application of theory in the workplace

All Seminars are held under the auspices of Healthy Congregations, Inc. on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary
2199 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209.



September 18, October 23, November 20 January 22, February 26, March 18, April 22, May 20
Eight one-day sessions held monthly on Fridays from September to May (excluding December).

Seminar Series Facilitators

Picture2 Rev. Emlyn A. Ott, D.Min.
Emlyn Ott is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America and has served as a parish
pastor, campus minister, pastoral counselor, leader,
and seminary professor for over 25 years. She was
named CEO and Director of Healthy Congregations,
Inc. in 2005. She holds a Master of Divinity from the
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a Doctor of
Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary, and is a
Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral
Counselors. She has participated for nine years in
postgraduate work at the Center for Family Process
and the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Dr.
Ott currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ministry
and Pastoral Leadership and Dean of Leadership
Formation at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
robert_mathis Rev. Robert I. Mathis, Ph.D.
Bob Mathis has studied Bowen theory at the Western
Pennsylvania Family Center and at the Bowen Center
in the Postgraduate Program. He is a facilitator for
the Healthy Congregations workshops and serves on
the board of directors for Healthy Congregations, Inc.
He holds a Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of
Theology in Denver, CO, and a Ph.D. in Psychology with
a specialization in Bowen theory from Union Institute
and University of Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Mathis is an
ordained minister in the Church of God and has served
churches in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He has
a pastoral counseling practice in Dublin, OH, as well
as providing family systems coaching for leaders in
business and non-profit organizations.

michael_jupin Rev. J. Michael Jupin
Michael Jupin, an Episcopal priest for almost 45
years, has served in urban, suburban, and small town
congregations. He first met Rabbi Dr. Edwin Friedman
at a clergy/clergy spouse gathering in Syracuse, NY in
1988 and studied with “the Rabbi” from 1992 until
Ed’s death in 1996. Following early retirement in 1998,
Michael has been a Healthy Congregations facilitator
and trainer, a Bridgebuilder consultant, and an interim
priest. Now in his fourth interim at St. John’s Episcopal
Church, Charleston, WV, Michael says “I just cannot
truly retire. I am challenged by, grow through, and
enjoy congregational ministry. And I love to love and
be loved.” Michael and his spouse Barbara, a fiber
artist, live with their two dogs, Patches the Jack Russell
and Barney the snoodle, in Lancaster, Ohio.


8:30 a.m.-10:00

Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 1)


Workplace application
(small group coaching)





10:30-12:00 p.m.

Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 2)


Family of origin group
(small group coaching)


Lunch (onsite with video presentation available)


$900 for eight one-day seminars. An initial $100 deposit is due at the time of registration to reserve a place in the program. Additional installments of $350 are due by the September seminar and $450 by the January seminar.
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.
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Required Reading

One from each category

Introductory texts on Bowen theory

Gilbert, Roberta M. “How Successful Parents Think: A Synopsis of Bowen Family Systems Theory for Parents.” Connecting with Our Children: Guiding Principles for Parents in a Troubled World. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999. 59-123. Print.

Gilbert, Roberta M. The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory. Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems, 2006. Print.

Kerr, Michael E. Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. New York: Norton, 2003. Print.

Advanced texts on Bowen theory

Bowen, Murray. Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. New York: J. Aronson, 1978. Print.

Friedman, Edwin H. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York: Guilford, 2011. Print.

Kerr, Michael E., and Murray Bowen. Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. New York: Norton, 1988. Print.

Papero, Daniel V. Bowen Family Systems Theory. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1990. Print. deposit is refundable until two weeks prior to the first seminar.


Healthy Congregations National Office

2199 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43209
Phone (614) 384-4611 / Fax (800) 335-4857