Leadership Series

"Navigating Overwhelming Times"

The 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 year 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.

Registration Opens May 24, 2022
2022-23 Leadership Series Application Process

We invite all participants to do some thinking prior to the start of the program by completing an application. The application is a series of questions to prepare you for the perspective and process of the program. A conversation with one of the group consultation facilitators will follow the receipt of your application. 

Please download and complete the correct application, and return it to:

office@healthycongregations.com along with a non-refundable deposit of $25 that will be credited towards your registration cost.

Application for NEW participants (or those last participating prior to 2019).

Application for CONTINUING participants. 



SCHEDULE (Eastern)

1:00- 2:30 p.m.: Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 1)

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00am - 4:30 p.m.: Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 2)

Online coaching groups will be scheduled at another time by the consultation group during the first session.

Online participants will receive a link to watch the Bowen Video presentation at their convenience.


September 22 & 23, 2022 (Onsite for all)

October 20, 2022

November 17, 2022

January 19, 2023

February 16, 2023

March 16, 2023

April 20, 2023



The 2022-23 Online Leadership Series will use Zoom video conferencing. This means you can log-in and participate from anywhere in the world.



SCHEDULE (Eastern)

8:30- 10:00 a.m.: Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 1)

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.: Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 2)

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: Bowen video presentation

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Small Group Coaching - Workplace application

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Small Group Coaching - Family of Origin (FOO) group


September 22 & 23, 2022 (Onsite for all)

October 21, 2022

November 18, 2022

January 20, 2023

February 17, 2023

March 17, 2023

April 21, 2023







Onsite at the Healthy Congregations Office

(located inside All Shepherds Lutheran Church)

6580 Columbus Pike

Lewis Center, OH 43035


The Asynchronous Option allows you to watch recorded sessions on your own time each month, and schedule monthly consultation groups via Zoom. Asynchronous participants will be asked to attend the September 22-23, 2022 Orientation dates onsite with all other participants.


  • Registration includes full participation in the eight month program as well as access to a systems coach in small group sessions.

  • Registration includes a free 1-year membership in the Healthy Congregations Member Network, a free book of the year, and access to the Members Area of the website (a $105 value).

  • A group rate discount is available to all participants who register more than one individual from any one organization, church, or immediate family.

  • Individual coaching (with one’s small group coach) is available at a reduced rate.

  • No reimbursement or credit for missed sessions.

  • The registration cost is refundable (less the Application Deposit) until two weeks prior to the first seminar.


  • Tuituion for online, onsite, and asynchronous groups is the same.

  • The $25 non-refundable Application Deposit will be credited toward your registration costs.

  • A deposit of $200 is required at registration. The balance of the fee is due prior to the start of the first session. (A September and January payment option is available.)



  • Early Bird Registration (Before August 7, 2022): $1,200 per person (incluing $25 application fee)

  • Individual Registration (Beginning August 8, 2022): $1,350 per person (incluing $25 application fee)

  • Early Bird Group Discount Rate* (Before August 7, 2022): $1,150 (including $25 application fee)

  • Group Discount Rate* (Beginning August 8, 2022): $1,150 per person (incluing $25 application fee)

        *"Group Discount" applies to two or more individuals from the same organization or household

Payment Plan Option:

  • $25 application fee & $200 Registration Fee due at time of registration

  • $562.50 payment due by September 19, 2022

  • $562.50 payment due by January 16, 2022



  • Bowen, Murray. Family Therapy in Clinical Practice

      - Chapter 16 for Orientation

      - Other chapters for other presentations - to be announced.

  • Creech, R. Robert. Family Systems and Congregational Life.

      - Part 1 for Orientation

  • Harrison, Victoria. The Family Diagram and Family Research

      - This book can be ordered from the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family.


  • Additional readings will be added before and after sessions throughout the year.


More topics coming soon...


Orientation for all Registrants - September 22 and 23 - Onsite for all participants

  • Thursday, 6:30 pm to 9 pm Eastern

  • Friday, 9 am to noon Eastern


An introduction to the year, the process for small group consultations and several presentations will be made including:

  • Finding a Path for Self: Dr. Bowen's Journey

  • Finding a Path for Faith Communities: Principled Clarity

  • What’s love got to do with it?  Relationships at home, in the congregation, and community





December - No Meeting










Annual May event - Date, location and theme to be determined. This national conference will include all of the 2022-23 Leadership Series participants.