Spring Healthy Congregations

Facilitator Training

April 13–15, 2021AdultContinuing Education
A Montreat Conference Center Event

This conference has been cancelled.

If you are still interested in this event, please check out the Fall Healthy Congregations event from October 20–22, 2021. Click here to learn more about that event.

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, April 13, 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 that 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 (Tuesday and Wednesday nights), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Tuesday lunch through Thursday 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. Some rooms have private baths, and some rooms have connecting baths. After March 2, rates will increase by $25.

Assembly Inn
Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $720.00
Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $635.00 per person ($1270.00 total)

Commuter Rate

Rates below include conference fee of $190, materials fee of $285, plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Optional meal packages for the Galax Dining Room may be purchased when you register online or at the front desk of Assembly Inn.

On or before March 1: $477 per person
After March 1: $502 per person

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by March 2 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after March 2, but on or before April 6 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 April 7.  No refunds will be issued after April 6. 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)

Tuesday, April 13
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

Wednesday, April 14
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

Thursday, April 15
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.

Guest Health and Safety

We have put measures in place to protect you and ourselves from Covid-19. This, unfortunately, means that your stay will not be normal as usual. Please click the link below to see the changes we have made and our expectations of you during your stay in beautiful Montreat.

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