Becoming a Healthier Pastor: An Intentional Growth Group for Clergy

The theoretical base for this group experience will be Bowen Family Systems Theory. The group process utilizes the eight concepts of Family Systems theory as developed by Dr. Murray Bowen and applied to congregational life by Dr. Edwin Friedman and Dr. Ronald Richardson. From this perspective, the pastor or church worker stands at the point of three interactive systems – the individual families in the church, the church itself as an emotional system, and one’s own family of origin. The minister’s ability to function as a “non-anxious, and defined leader” within each of these emotional systems promotes life and growth within each. This perspective offers a new way of thinking about relationships, connecting theory and practice in an effort to strengthen pastoral and lay leadership in ministry. For an overview of the eight concepts of Bowen Family Systems theory, go to:

The group will begin Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Subsequent meetings will be March 14, 2018, April 18, 2018, May 16, 2018,

June 13, 2018, August 15, 2018, September 12, 2018, October 17, 2018, and November 14, 2018.  Participation will be limited to eight members. Participants are expected to attend all meetings (except for emergencies ), complete required readings, develop a personal genogram, adhere to the group norms of confidentiality and be willing to participate in the process of learning through mutual self disclosure.

Registration Information

Please register me for this Group Experience beginning February 21, 2018, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Mt. Hebron Counseling Center, 3156 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169 Cost: $525.00 (Limited scholarship money is available by application). This series has been approved for 3 CEU credits by the Board of Ordained Ministry

Registration Deadline Date is:  February 16, 2018





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Mail registration with check to: Ken Barwick, 3156 Leaphart Rd., West Columbia, SC 29169-3024.  Make checks payable to: Mt. Hebron Counseling Service.

Click here to download the informational flyer and registration form.

Faith-Sharing Seminar, October 29, 2016

Faith-SharingAll pastors, members of church outreach teams, mission coordinator, and evangelism leaders are encouraged to attend this one-day seminar led by Dr. Winston Worrell, World Methodist Evangelism Institute, Candler School of Theology.

Click on the image at the left to download a copy of the informational flyer.

Cost: $30 per person. Groups of 4 or more – $25 per person.

.5 CEUs awarded to clergy participants.

Location: Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 20204

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


2014-2015 Continuing Education Opportunities

The SC Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has provided information about continuing education opportunities for SC clergy.

CECG Guidelines (1) There are two types of Continuing Education Covenant Groups (CECG). One is a traditional group with a similar format to the Residency Groups for provisional deacons and elders. The other is a focus
group with a format based on a specific area of education. Both Groups are offered annually by the
Board of Ordained ministry and coordinated by the Director of Continuing Education Groups. Anyone appointed in the SC Annual Conference (LP, FE, FD, AM, DM, RM, OE, OD) may participate. Provisional members should complete Residency prior to participating in a CECG.

CECG 2014 15 Brochure (1) – Continuing Education Covenant Groups 2014-2015

Traditional Group: The Greenwood District Traditional Group is led by Rev. Kathy Carr and Rev. Steven King. The organizational meeting is set for September 16, 10:00 a.m., at St. John’s UMC, 513 West Church St., Batesburg-Leesville. Contact person is Rev. Kathy Carr ( Education Focus: Non-violent understanding of Atonement using writings by several authors.

Focus Groups: Body Challenge/Spirit Challenge. Mike Henderson is the contact person (

Two-Day Focus on Sermon Delivery. Contact person is Rev. John Stapleton (

Becoming a Transformational Leader.  Contact person is Rev. James McCoy-Bruce (