Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Thinking for Effective Direction

IG Why do some congregational leaders succeed, when others do not? How can a leader be effective, successful, and promote congregational health? Grounded in Family Systems Theory, educator and consultant Israel Galindo will challenge lay and clergy leaders to consider a different perspective in thinking about the nature of congregational leadership.

Workshop participants will gain insights into the application of leadership principles in their ministry contexts. The day will consist of four sessions:

  • Galindo will start the day with a discussion of Family Systems Theory misunderstandings. This session helps participants identify and correct misunderstandings of concepts from Bowen Family Systems Theory often misapplied by congregational leaders.
  • The second session, The Rules, helps participants interpret and explicate leadership applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory for the congregational context.
  • In the third session, Myth of Competence, participants will identify the sources and symptoms of a widespread and debilitating leadership trap: the quest for competence.
  • The final session, Survival Tactics for Systems Leaders, enables participants to gain an understanding of practical and authentic leadership tactics that address emotional process in the congregational context.


For more than 15 years, Israel Galindo has taught about leadership in a seminary context, served as consultant to hundreds of individuals and congregations, and has been on the faculty of the Leadership in Ministry Workshops, a continuing education program for clergy leadership. He has trained leaders from across the country in a different way of thinking about the ministry of leadership.

The workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central time) Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Evansville and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Batesville in Ripley County.  The cost is $30 a person (or $25 a person for congregational teams of three or more registered together). The fee includes lunch and a copy of Galindo’s book Perspectives on Congregational Leadership.

Events are limited to Indiana congregations.

Events: 
Date Location Sign Up Region
01/30/2013 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CST Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1811 Lincoln Ave., Evansville IN SW Region Add to your calendar
01/31/2013 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM EST Church on the Rock, 407 N Township Line Road, Batesville IN SE Region Add to your calendar