Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.

Systems in Ministry


Our vision is to offer Bowen theory’s family systems approach to ministry to strengthen workers’ sustainability and fruitfulness.

Drawing on systems thinking, we increase our understanding of ourselves amidst our relational complexities while assisting others to do the same.

* while developed by people in interdenominational Christian ministry, workers from other faith communities are welcome

Events and training

Important dates coming up:

15 February: Certificate in Systems in Ministry Orientation 4:30-6:30pm

25 March: Supervision and Coaching Group (Semester 1)

Enquire: Bowen Family Systems Seminar for Ministry Teams

27 July & 3 Aug: Symposium: Navigating Challenging Relationships in Ministry

Click the images below for more details about each event.

To enquire about the Certificate in Systems in Ministry program, please download an enquiry form and return by email to    


Bowen Family Systems in Christian Ministry

By J Brown and L Errington

Managing congregational anxiety in the post COVID-19 reboot

Interview with Jenny Brown & Nigel Fortescue

Endurance in ministry through Family Systems

Interview with Craig Foster & Jenny Brown

How family systems change congregational life – with Robert Creech

What are the characteristics of effective leaders? How do emotional maturity and anxiety impact leadership? Effective pastoral ministry is primarily about relationships, and not primarily about skills and competencies.

Other resources

The Leader’s Journey

By J Herrington, T Taylor, and R R Creech

Family Systems and Congregational Life

By R R Creech

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