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Healthy Congregations

Facilitator Training

Gain insight into ways of moving members of a congregation toward a healthy and faithful life together


October 10–12, 2018

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, October 10th, 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.

See more details about registration, leadership, and the daily schedule below…

Key Leadership

Sam Hobson is a retired pastor in the PC(USA), living in Black Mountain, NC. He received his certification as a Trainer of Facilitators of Healthy Congregations from Peter Steinke and has led training events in several locations. Working with Steinke in leading a congregation into a healthier environment is an experience that Sam found to be invaluable. Sam also serves as a Bridgebuilder focusing on conflict resolution. Sam, along with friend Marylyn Huff, is working on developing MAP Guides for Ministry and leadership training materials for pastors and elders. Sam is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC; Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA; and Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA. He has served pastorates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Alabama; and has served as an interim pastor in Alabama, Ohio, and North Dakota.

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