Pilgrim will offer the first workshop from Healthy Congregations on two Saturday mornings, March 11 & 18 from 9am to noon. During the workshop, we learn about System Thinking, talk about how anxiety can influence our decision making, address how we can accept differences, focus on our strength(s), and look at how we create a vision and work on a common mission.

Healthy Congregations has created a series of workshops for leaders in the church, inviting us to think more clearly about how our experiences in our families of origin influence our decision making and behavior when it comes to leadership in general and the church in particular. An underlying assumption of the series is that we are all part of a living system, we are all a part of “the body of Christ,” to use a phrase from Paul the Apostle.

The goal of the program is to encourage and challenge leaders so that they can contribute to improved health in their particular setting.

The series uses vignettes, case studies, workbooks, conversations, current research and experience in congregational life as a basis for learning that is interactive and thoughtful. The Healthy Congregations program is composed of several workshops.

Each workshop is designed to help leaders become more aware of how they function in their respective situations.

Saturday March 11
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Prayer
9:15-10:30 What is System Thinking?
Video Case Study
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Accepting Differences

Saturday March 18
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Prayer
9:15-10:30 Focusing on Strengths
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Focusing on Mission

Halldor Gudmundsson is a trained Healthy Congregations facilitator and will lead the workshop.

Registration is due March 6 by email, halldor@pilgrimalive.org or by calling the church office (216) 861-7388.

The workshop is free of charge for members of Pilgrim Congregational UCC. If you belong to another congregation we would love if you could cover the cost of the Workshop Study Guide, which is yours to keep after the event. The cost for the Study Guide is $10.