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GPS for Leadership: Finding One's Way in the System

Thinking Differently About Life and Learning

Registration Now Open!

Need a way to think about leadership?

The course will provide an overview of Bowen Family Systems theory, an exploration of each of the eight concepts and an opportunity to apply theory in work and life.

This course consists of eight three-hour online sessions that meet monthly September 2024- April 2025.


  • "Early Bird" Discount Before August 1, 2024: $850

  • Beginning August 1, 2024: $900​

  • Group Discount Rate*: $800 per person
    *"Group Discount" applies to three or more individuals from the same organization or household

  • Payment Plan Option: 
    Installment 1 (due by September 9, 2024): $450
    Installment 2 (due by January 13, 2025): $450


"The Cornerstone Concept" by Roberta Gilbert


The Family Diagram & Family Research by Victoria Harrison

Creating a Healthier Church by Ron Richardson

Growing Yourself Up by Jenny Brown

The Bowen Center website:

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Mondays: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

(Online via Zoom)

September 9, 2024

October 14, 2024

November 11, 2024

December 9, 2024

January 13,  2025

February 10, 2025

March 10, 2025

April 7, 2025


1. Introduction: A Tale of Two Churches

2. A look at Family Emotional System

3. A look at Differentiation of Self

4. A look at Triangles, Family Projection and the Family Diagram

5. A look at Family Transmission, Cutoff & Sibling Position

6. A look at Societal Process and presentation of family diagrams

7. Theory in Real Time

8. Wrap-up and review


Jennifer Long is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a trained interim minister (IMN) and currently serves an ELCA congregation in the southern tier of New York. She graduated from the University of Hartford (1992) and Eden Theological Seminary (1996). She has participated in a variety of programs that engage Bowen Theory including five years in the Postgraduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (2014-2019). In almost 30 years of ministry, she has served in staff, solo, and interim roles as well as a consultant in church conflict. 

Wife, mother of two, oldest sister of four, and daughter of an only son and middle daughter, she has a particular interest in points of connection between Bowen Family System Theory and spirituality, religious practice and church conflict. 

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Dana Runestad has been a pastor in the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1986, where she has served in a variety of congregations and staff positions. She's a youngest sister of three brothers and the daughter of a pastor and a nurse. After relying on every Peter Steinke book to get her through thirty years of parish ministry, she took a deeper dive into Natural Systems Theory in 2015 with 3 years in the post-graduate program at the Bowen Center in Washington D.C. From 2018-2023 she participated in their Faith Leaders Seminar. She's been in a book club for over 20 years and enjoys hiking and good TV with her husband of forty years, Barry Rabe. (Dana rhymes with banana.) They have two grown sons.

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