Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
July 27, 2021 0 comments




Systems in Ministry: Navigating Challenging Relationships in Ministry

With keynote guest speakers: Dr Ronald W. Richardson and Dr Anne McKnight.

Onsite Venue: Willoughby Park Anglican Church, 19 Warrane Road, North Willoughby

Live online seminars (with delayed stream available)

Tuesday 27th July and Tuesday 3rd August, at 9:30am to 12:30 pm (evening in U.S.)


Why would I come?

Sadly, many have left ministry not because they have lost their passion for their beliefs and mission, but because of the difficult and challenging relationships they have experienced within their faith communities. In this symposium we will explore how Family Systems Theory can be a helpful tool in equipping ministry workers to navigate their challenging relationships maturely and wisely.


Dr. Ronald Richardson, MDiv, DMin, is an accredited Marriage and Family Therapist and Pastoral Counsellor (retired). He was the Executive Director of a large, metropolitan-wide counselling agency in Vancouver, Canada. He has trained therapists and pastors in Bowen theory for over 20 years. He is also a Presbyterian pastor and served churches for 10 years before receiving his DMin degree. He has published 12 books, half of which offer applications of Bowen theory to congregational life and leadership.


Dr. Anne S. McKnight was the director of the Bowen Center in Washington DC from 2010 to 2020 and has been a member of the Bowen Center faculty since 1992. She is currently a director emeritus, continuing to serve on the Center board, and is active in presenting, supervising, and organizing conferences. Dr. McKnight has been a family therapist for 40 years.


Navigating Challenging Relationships, Part 1 (July 27).

How does managing oneself help when facing challenging relationships with staff? Dr McKnight will reflect upon her learnings as the Director of the Bowen Centre. She will share how Bowen Family Systems Theory has proven to be a helpful tool for leadership when navigating complex relationships with staff.

Navigating Challenging Relationships, Part 2 (August 3)

How does managing oneself help when facing challenging relationships with members of the church?
Dr Richardson has been involved in Christian ministry and counselled many in Christian ministry for more than 30 years. He will share how Bowen Family Systems Theory has proven to be a helpful tool for ministry workers when navigating complex church relationships.

Both sessions will be followed by short presentations from ministry workers. They will reflect how Bowen Family Systems Theory has been useful in navigating their challenging relationships.


$110 (plus GST) for both sessions
$60 (plus GST) for 1 session only

Select either onsite (Willoughby Park Anglican Church, 19 Warrane Road, North Willoughby) or online

20% Watch together discount

Groups – 20% for 4 or more people watching together (through one link). 20% discount per person. They must manage their own technology and have the capacity to separate into groups of 4 to be part of online breakout groups. Min 4 Max 8 in a group.

  • Purchase through the office to invoice together with a list of names
  • Purchase individually through the booking form below – MUST provide the name and email for the the key contact for your watch party


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Both Sessions (Onsite and online) $121.00
1 Session 27 July (Onsite and online) $66.00
1 Session - 3 August (Onsite and online) $66.00
Both sessions (Watch together ONLY) $96.80
1 Session 27 July (Watch together only) $52.80
1 session 3 August (Watch together only) $52.80

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Date(s) - 27/07/2021 - 03/08/2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

via Zoom

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