2019 Annual Conference
June 18-20, 2019
Maritime Conference Center
Linthicum Heights, MD
Presenter: Dr. Israel Galindo
Dr. Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education at the Columbia Theological Seminary. He is author of more than 22 books, including Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context, Perspectives in Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Thinking for Effective Leadership, and The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics.
TOPIC: Perspectives on Congregational Leadership
Through a series of five presentations we will explore various perspectives on congregational leadership in order to re-examine our leadership function and understand the context in which we carry out the ministry of interim pastoral leaders.
Here's a brief description of the presentations:
- "Murphy's Law and Murray's Laws" - Ministry is messy, change is hard, and the best laid plans often go awry despite the best of intentions. Participants will review concepts from Bowen systems theory that may help answer the questions, "Why does everything seem to go wrong when we're trying to do the right things?"
- "What People Get from Religion" - During times of pastoral and congregational transitions people tend to re-examine their relationship with their church community, including answering the question, "What does my church provide for me?" Participants will explore the emotional and cultural functions that religion plays in people's lives and which influences faith communities. The role and function of the religious leader in a religious system is explored through the Ninth Concept of Bowen Systems Theory.
- "Reciprocity in Relationship Systems" - Interim pastors enter congregational systems in which reciprocity dynamics and values are set and patterned. Effective leadership requires understanding the nature of reciprocity and how it influences or inhibits change. Participants will explore how reciprocity functions in a relationships system, like a congregation. The Four Player Model will be used to explore how leaders influence change, how change is often resisted.
- "Catalytic Leadership: Influencing for Change" - The concepts of leadership are varied, from personality driven, to leadership though authority and power, to leadership as a role, a metaphor or a function. Participants will explore the concept of catalytic leadership as a way to understanding the function of leader as an influencer toward change
- "The Hidden Lives of Congregations" - This presentation presents the "hidden" dynamics at play in a congregational system that impacts the multiple levels of complexity in a congregation as a community of faith. This presentation is based on the best selling book by Israel Galindo.
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