May Leadership Series Special Presentation

May Leadership Series

2017 May Leadership Series Special Event

The Self and The System

May 5, 2017

hargroveThis year’s May Leadership Series Special Event will feature Dr. David Scott Hargrove, Faculty Member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.  Dr. Hargrove has interest in health and physiology, systems of resiliency in challenged communities and is a deacon in the Presbyterian Church-USA.



 Self and System: Bowen Family Systems Theory.  A description of the concepts of the theory, reciprocity between the concepts, and relevance to the congregation.  An effort will be made to relate the language of the theory to description of events that occur with people and congregations.

Defining a Self and Strengthening a System.  A discussion of how the clergy person’s efforts toward defining a self in the family relates to defining a self in the congregation and can strengthen, or weaken, the leadership of the congregation.    The importance of listening in in one’s effort to define self in both the family and congregational contexts will be noted.  This will highlight the importance of quietness and silence along with the clarification of one’s own positions both in leadership and ‘followership’.

Emotional Process and the Management of Chronic Illness and Death.  A description of the ways in which coping with chronic illness and death in families is a product of the family’s emotional process highlights the clergy’s role in ministering to dying persons and their families.  Emphasis will be placed on both the family and societal contexts in which efforts toward differentiation of self occur.  This is related to Dr. Hargrove’s own work with his own family in addressing anxiety about death and its consequences.


  • Postdoctoral Training: Georgetown Family Center, Washington, DC
  • Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1972
  • B.A. Mississippi State University, 1962

Research Interests

  • Family Systems variables as determinants in health, mental health
  • Psychology and Literature
  • Rural health and mental health
  • Family Systems Theory, Family Therapy
  • Psychology and Religion

The Special Presentation is included with Registration for the 2016/2017 Leadership Series and open to the public.


May 5, 2017

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. EST Check-In
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. First Presentation
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Second Presentation
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Break & Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Video Presentation
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Third Presentation


All sessions of the May Leadership Series will be held at the Columbus Jewish Community Center (JCC) on College Avenue. For directions and more information on the JCC, check out there website by clicking here. To pull up Google Maps for this location click here.


$100 for morning & afternoon sessions. $60 for the morning session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR Livecast. Join as a Member of Healthy Congregations, Inc. for $105- receive Book of the Year, Access to Membership Portal of Website, Conversations & Livecasting to this event!



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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