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Continuing Education for Pastors and Christian Educators

Join us for continuing education options through Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Advancing my Leadership Continuing Studies Course

A Post-Graduate Seminar for those continuing their study and application of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) in the arenas of family, faith community and society.

Much in our world points to a deepening of unresolved divisions at all levels of society. Faith
communities and families are under stress. Bowen Family Systems Theory has proven to be a
valuable resource for ministering persons to better engage the challenges in their families, faith
communities and organizations. The EMS Continuing Studies Seminar (CSS) is designed
particularly for those who have engaged BFST in the past and are motivated to deepen their
understanding and application of the theory. The Seminar will focus on theoretical concepts
and how theory is learned and applied to one’s own family and work. A perspective informing
the Seminar is that the effort of differentiation of self is itself a leadership development

Registration for this course is now closed.

Syllabus Course Description

Ministry Leadership Cohorts

Facilitated virtual retreats for pastoral leaders

Experienced pastor and spiritual director, Jane Hoober Peifer (EMU ‘74, MDiv ‘97), organizes day-long remote retreats for pastor cohorts. Three cohorts were originally formed for women serving as lead pastors, Mennonite Church USA conference ministers, and pastors under the age of 40. These leaders continue to meet as cohorts even as some of their roles have changed. They appreciate having regular personal retreat days for their spiritual grounding and renewal, and they are developing deep relationships and high levels of trust as they support one another in ministry.

Space is available in the cohort of Mennonite Church USA conference ministers. To be considered for this cohort or new cohorts that may be added, contact


Past Continuing Ed options

2020 Pastors Forum Series

Navigating ministry during COVID-19


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