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

Systems in Ministry


Our purpose is to promote systems thinking in diverse Christian ministry contexts that aids in the development of mature ministry workers who engage in fruitful and sustainable ministries. We do this by growing our understanding of ourselves amidst our relationship complexities while equipping others to do the same.

Systems in Ministry Values

  1. Bowen Family Systems Theory offers wisdom from the world that helps ministry workers be better servants of Christ. 
  2. The Bible informs and interprets our understanding and application of Bowen Family Systems Theory.
  3. SIM is an interdenominational Christian ministry that seeks to build up the body of Christ.
  4. We encourage people in ministry to be thoughtful and mature in considering for themselves how Bowen Family Systems Theory fits with Christian theology. 

While the Systems in Ministry programs are developed for those in Christian ministry, the Family Systems Institute’s general training and core programs are relevant for people of all beliefs.

Events and training

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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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