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School of Divinity Weekend Course: Family Systems Theory and Congregational Identity

Friday, October 6 at 2:30pm to 9:30pm more dates through October 7, 2017

Wingate Hall, Room 201 1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

with Yvette Lovette Martin

This course is designed to explore how the church family parallels a blended family--a concept developed from research on church mergers. The impact of each church’s experiences as separate congregations greatly affected their ability to develop an identity representative of the two together. The same can also be found with the church family in general: a church family is, in essence, a blended family. Diverse experiences, personal preferences, and family histories come together to create a church family and inform the actions of people in the life of the church. We will examine tools rooted in Pastoral Care, as well as the influence of Family Systems Theory and Loss of Assumptive World, which will help pastors and ministry leaders lead their congregations to discovering their collective identity.

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Susan Robinson, Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs

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