Setting Boundaries Within Stressed Congregations Workshop

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., March 4
Wehrli Chapel at Eden Theological Seminary, 475 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119

Does your local church push back every time you set a boundary? Is your congregation having trouble playing nice? Is there a tendency to scapegoat? Does triangulation or parking lot processing happen a lot in your church? How do we learn as clergy and lay leaders to recognize anxiety in our congregational systems and keep communication above ground?

This three-hour workshop led by Dr. David Olsen, author of Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence, will involve an examination of clergy/congregation dynamics through the lenses of both self-psychology and family systems theory—clarifying how some obstacles to effective boundary setting are caused by personality tendencies that are exacerbated by stressful church environments. A perfect storm can occur when clergy vulnerabilities and systemic congregational anxiety interact, leading to burn-out and boundary problems which hinder pastoral excellence. This workshop is intended for clergy and laity and would be perfectly suited for members of your Pastor Parish Relations Committees.

Watch a short video on anxiety in congregational settings: