Facilitator Training

Facilitator Training

Workshop Facilitators

Healthy Congregations, Inc. offers resources and training that are based on a view of life that looks at communities as living systems that incorporate thinking, feeling, responsibility, and purpose.

These resources are centered around 6 workshops:

Workshop 1: Creating Healthy Congregations

Workshop 1 introduces the basics of systems thinking and looks at building capacities to accept differences while focusing on organizational strength and mission.

Workshop 2: Healthy Congregations Respond to Anxiety and Change

Workshop 2 focuses on identifying and dealing with anxiety in communities, management of conflict, and developing capacities to be flexible and creative through it all.

Workshop 3: Leadership in Healthy Congregations

Workshop 3 works on the development of healthier processes by looking at how leaders function, rather than through programs and techniques. The workshop highlights the role leaders as providing immunity to processes that tear down the fabric of the community.

Workshop 4: Relationships in Healthy Congregations

Workshop 4 deals with the development of graciousness and truth. The workshop focuses on building relationships founded in care, encouragement, and empowerment.

Workshop 5: Healthy Congregations Develop Generous People

Workshop 5 looks at broad perspectives around stewardship and how it relates to emotional processes in a system.

Workshop 6: The Spiritual Care of Healthy Congregations

Workshop 6 deals with sharing, hospitality and ‘beginning again as a way of life.’


     Workshop Facilitators are individuals who have been trained and are equipped to facilitate these workshops in their own communities. This training involves 15 classroom hours that focus on a solid introduction to systems and Bowen family systems theory. Participants will learn how to utilize this foundational knowledge in developing strategies for presenting all six workshops.

Workshop Trainers are individuals who have been trained and are equipped to lead these facilitator training events and train facilitators. All of our Trainers operate independently and we rely upon them to send us information on when they are holding training events. As we learn of training events they are posted on our Events page and through social media. If there are no training events in your area we can provide information for you on who to contact. We have trainers in most states. If you would like to become a Trainer, please click here.

2018 Facilitator Training Opportunities

2018 HC Facilitator Training

DSC_0687April 20th – 21st
9am – 5pm
Every year, Healthy Congregations offers its own facilitator training opportunity through its office at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. This opportunity covers the 15 hours of training over two full days. Healthy Congregations Executive Director Dr. Emlyn Ott will conduct the training.


Healthy Congregations, Inc. which is located on the campus of The Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015


If you will be needing a room for Thursday night, MTSO has limited availability accommodations. To check vacancy contact Tammy Coffey at housing@mtso.edu. If you prefer a hotel, please contact us and we can recommend several options.


Facilitator Training is $450 paid to Healthy Congregations by the first session. Tuition includes the training sessions plus a copy of the Facilitator Training Manual and DVDs for the six Healthy Congregations workshops, a $275 value. Students are eligible for a discount of $150. At the time of registration, click the order summary and enter STUDENT1 as a discount code. Participants must have a .edu email address to take advantage of the discount.

*Each participant must be present for both days to complete Workshop Facilitator Training.

2018 Online Facilitator Training

The first training will start on May 10, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 am (EST) and will continue to meet for seven consecutive Thursdays
May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
June 7th, 14th, 21st
Rev.Robert F. Holley will conduct the training.


Online training will utilize Zoom Video Conferencing (zoom.us). Please contact the office if you have any questions or would like to set up a time to trial the software.


Facilitator Training is $450 paid by May 3rd. You can register here or by contacting Rev.Robert Holley directly (robertfholley@gmail.com). Tuition includes the training sessions plus a copy of the Facilitator Training Manual and DVDs for the six Healthy Congregations workshops, a $275 value.