Healthy Congregations

November 8–10, 2023AdultContinuing Education
A Montreat Conference Center Program
This event has been cancelled. We are no longer accepting registrations at this time.

Healthy Congregations facilitator training offers the opportunity for participants to:

  • prepare to lead a congregation through Healthy Congregations workshops;
  • learn Family Systems Theory;
  • understand the nature and scope of the workshop materials;
  • discover a variety of creative ways to present material to a congregation;
  • gain insight into ways of moving members of a congregation toward a healthy and faithful life together.

Facilitator training workshops will include:

  • Creating a Healthy Congregation
  • Response to Anxiety and Change
  • Leadership in a Healthy Congregation
  • Relationships in a Healthy Congregation
  • Healthy Congregations Develop Generous People
  • Spiritual Care of Healthy Congregations
New to Systems Theory, or just need a refresher course?

A pre-conference workshop, November 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, will offer participants registered for the conference an opportunity to learn or be refreshed on the basics of Bowen Systems Theory and some of its terminology. There is no additional charge for this event. If you plan to attend the pre-conference workshop and/or need housing for Tuesday night, please contact susana@montreat.org. Please note that housing check-in is not available until 3:00 pm on day of arrival.


Rates & Registration

Comprehensive Rate

Comprehensive rates below include conference fee of $190, materials fee of $285, room in Assembly Inn (Wednesday & Thursday nights), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Wednesday lunch through Friday lunch), plus a $2 community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. After October 7, rates will increase by $25.

Assembly Inn
Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $718
Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $638 per person ($1276 total)

Commuter Rate

Rates below include conference fee of $190, materials fee of $285, Wednesday lunch, plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Additional meals for the Galax Dining Room may be purchased when you register online. If you would like additional meals, please list meals you would like in the comment field so the conference registrar is able to add those to your reservation.

On or before October 7: $488 per person
After October 7: $513 per person

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by October 7 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after October 7, but on or before November 1 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable), less $40. The materials fee of $285 is non-refundable after October 7.  No refunds will be issued after November 1. All requests must be made in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.


Scholarships are available for this conference.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.



(Please note: Housing check-in is NOT available until after 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, November 8
10:00-10:30 am - Registration for Family Systems Primer, Assembly Inn Lobby
10:30 am - Introduction to Systems Theory, Location TBA
11:30 am-12:30 pm - Registration for Healthy Congregations Facilitator Training, Assembly Inn Lobby
12:30 pm - GATHER and Lunch, Galax Dining Room, Assembly Inn
1:00 pm - Overview of Systems Theory and Healthy Congregations Materials, Location TBA
3:00 pm -  Break
3:00 pm - Housing check-in begins
3:30 pm - Workshop I – Creating a Healthy Congregation
5:30-6:30 pm - Dinner
Free Evening

Thursday, November 9
7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Complete Workshop I and Begin Workshop II - Anxiety and Change
10:30 am - Break
11:00 am - Complete Workshop II
12:30-1:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Workshop III - Leadership in a Healthy Congregation
3:00 pm - Break
3:30 pm - Workshop IV – Relationships in a Healthy Congregation
5:30-6:30 pm - Dinner
Free Evening

Friday, November 10
7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Workshop V – Healthy Congregations Develop Generous People
10:30 am - Break
11:00 am - Workshop VI – Spiritual Care of Healthy Congregations
12:30-1:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Complete Healthy Congregations™ Material
3:00 pm - Closure

Child care is not available for this program.

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