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Leading a Big Anxious Family, York

June 8, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

| Free

A workshop training day for people in church leadership

Wednesday 8 June 2016, 9.30 – 4.30
The Priory Street Centre, York, YO1 6ET

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.

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.


The Priory Street Centre is at 15 Priory Street, York. It is within easy walking distance of York’s railway station. Parking is limited on site, but there is a good Park & Ride service, and an NCP car-park nearby.

Cost and Cancellation    

The cost of the workshop is £60.  There is a reduced price of £50 for members of the Bridge Builders’ Network.  The fee covers lunch, refreshments and materials. The fee must be paid in full at the time of booking. Cancellations by Sunday 29 May will receive a 50% refund.  Thereafter no refund will be provided.


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


June 8, 2016
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Colin Patterson


The Priory Street Centre
15 Priory Street,
York, YO1 6ET United Kingdom
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Leading a Big Anxious Family, York - 8 June 2016
£ 60.00