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2020 May Leadership Series Special Event - Registration Closed

Registration Closed - If you are still interested in tickets, please email This event is a collaboration of Healthy Congregations with Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO).

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2020 May Leadership Series Special Event - Registration Closed
2020 May Leadership Series Special Event - Registration Closed

Time & Location

May 28, 2020, 5:30 PM EDT – May 29, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

About the Event

Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) was an American explorer and writer.  She led expeditions to Greenland and was the first woman to fly over the North Pole. She gained international notoriety for her exploits, hunting and intrepid nature.  She was dubbed by newspapers around the world, as “The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic”. 

It is with the spirit of her statement “The real work of an expedition begins when you return” that we gather for this conference. 

“Navigating the Rapids” was originally scheduled as an onsite conference focusing on the dynamics of challenge and change in our denominational and natural world.  We offer to you in this revamped, focused, and online format an opportunity to respond to the uproar and responsibilities of leaders in communities of faith in an era of COVID-19 and rapid change in our economic, health and leadership worlds.

Explorers and adventurers of every century have faced the reality of finding something on their journeys that was unexpected and demanded a response that was quick, thoughtful and undergirded in principles. 

Join us for observation, challenge and application along our current expedition and return.


Not a Healthy Congregations member? 

We have a special package to become a member,  attend conference, and receive conference books.  All participants have access to an introductory overview of Bowen Theory (May 28, 5:30-6:15p).

Leadership Bundle $200: 

This ticket includes May 2020 Event, 2020-21 Membership ($105 Value), and books from both May Event Authors.


​Thursday May 28 (5:30 – 9:00p) EDT

5:30 – 6:15 pm              Optional Opportunity – Bowen Theory 101

6:30 – 7:00 pm              Opening Welcome

7:00 – 7:45 pm              Keynote #1 – Tod Bolsinger 

                                      "Hope and the Mountain of Despair: Resilience for Change Leaders" 

7:45 – 8:00 pm               Break

8:00 – 8:15 pm               Pete Steinke and Emlyn Ott’s response to Tod Bolsinger

8:15 – 8:45 pm               Q&A with Tod, Pete, and Emlyn

8:45 pm                          Benediction

Friday May 29 (9:00a – 12:00p) EDT

  9:00 –  9:10 am           Opening prayer

  9:10 –  9:50 am           Keynote #2 – Pete Steinke - “Bowen Theory and Brain Functioning”

  9:50 – 10:05 am          Tod Bolsinger and Emlyn Ott’s response to Pete Steinke

10:05 – 10:15 am          Break

10:15 – 11:00 am          Workshops

11:00 – 11:15 am          Physical or spiritual practice

11:15 – 11:45 am          "Engaging the Whirlwind" 

11:45 – 12:00 pm          Closing blessing



Tod Bolsinger is the Vice-President for Vocation and Formation and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. For seventeen years, he was the Senior Pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California, after serving for ten years at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He earned a Ph.D. in Theology and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of two books, including the Christianity Today Award of Merit recipient, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the community of God transforms lives. He speaks, consults and is an executive coach for corporate, non-profit, educational, and church organizations in transformational leadership. 


Peter Steinke-Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times helps leaders understand the powerful impact that emotional processes have on the people they lead. Peter Steinke draws on decades of work on system conflict and personal experiences to share real stories of challenges leaders have faced and how understanding the power of emotions has dramatically influenced their success. In this book, readers will observe important leadership characteristics such as separating oneself from the surrounding anxiety, making decisions based on principle and not instinct, taking responsibility for one’s own emotional being, staying connected to others including those who disagree with you, being a non-anxious presence, focusing on emotional processes rather than the symptoms they produce, knowing people naturally influence one another, and recognizing leader and follower as complements. As Steinke suggests, being anxious causes you to lose perspective, and leaders do their best thinking when they are not overly stressed and can think about options, doing their best work when they work on themselves. So where are you in your leadership journey?  

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