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Setting Boundaries Within Stressed Congregations Workshop
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Wehrli Chapel at Eden Theological Seminary
475 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119

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Heather Birge

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.

Cost: $15

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