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Leading a Big Anxious Family: Workshop, London

September 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

| Free

A workshop training day for people in church leadership

Want to be better equipped?

Bridge Builders specialises in practically-focused training, grounded in the example and teaching of Jesus. This workshop is designed for anyone in church leadership, but is specially relevant to those in a position of overall oversight. The aim is to give you confidence and hope.

Ideal as an appetite-whetter for the residential course, Leading With Emotional Maturity.

A way of understanding leadership

This workshop starts from the assumption that the essentials of healthy relationships are the same in all human groups. It draws upon two main ideas: Jesus as an example of individual behaviour, and Family Systems Theory as a way of understanding group behaviour.

Jesus identified with his own people, yet was distinct from them in ways that they found both exciting and disturbing. From his point of view, it must often have meant responding to complicated currents of emotion. It probably felt rather like navigating the waves of an emotional “sea”, without being overwhelmed or alarmed.

According to Family Systems Theory (developed by Murray Bowen), emotional currents are not chaotic. They have some predictable patterns; they ebb and flow. But one must be able to read signs and make wise choices, in the face of turbulence. It means acting from clear sense of personal identity …. as Jesus did.


Running from 9.30am to 4.30pm, the programme includes worship, presentation, personal reflection, group discussion and experiential exercises.

  • Explore how patterns of behaviour in families and churches are similar
  • Understand better the systems of emotional forces that are at work
  • Discover tools for charting the triggers of anxiety in church life
  • Practise managing your own reactive behaviour
  • Reflect on Jesus as a model of non-anxious leadership


Colin Patterson is Assistant Director of Bridge Builders, and an Anglican priest. He has worked as a training officer for the Diocese of Durham, and is an experienced adult educator. Author of the Grove booklet How to Learn Through Conflict, he is also a contributor to 101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches.

Venue – update

Due to building work at the original venue, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, the workshop will now take place at nearby Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street, WC2B 5LT, close to High Holborn.

The nearest underground stations are Holborn, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road. The nearest car parking is on Bloomsbury Square, Museum Street and Great Russell Street.

Cost and Cancellation    

The cost of the workshop is £60, payable in full at the time of booking. The fee covers lunch, refreshments and materials. Cancellations by Monday 5 September will receive a 50% refund. Thereafter no refund will be provided. Please see our terms and conditions.


To book, add a ticket to your cart below. You will receive an acknowledgement, but the booking will not be processed until Bridge Builders receives payment of the fee.

If no more places are available and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact the office on 020 8883 3033 or email bb@bbministries.org.uk.

Please note: If a third party (eg. Diocese) is paying for your ticket, please book using your own name and contact details. Select direct bank transfer as the payment option and you will receive an order confirmation containing bank details. You can either pay directly, or forward the order confirmation to the third party for payment.

If you have any difficulty logging into our website when booking, please contact the office on 020 8883 3033.


September 15, 2016
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Colin Patterson


Dragon Hall
17 Stukeley Street
London, WC2B5LT United Kingdom
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