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Presbytery to welcome Peter Steinke - April 28, 29

hosted at

Indian Hill Church

6000 Drake Road


Cost $25 for each day. Registration required.

Friday, April 28, Noon - 4:30pm

“Teaching Fish to Walk”

An Event for Pastors Only, lunch included

The Rev. Steinke will expand on the content of his new book (same title) and demonstrate on how to use the book for study with church leaders. We will look at adaptive challenges facing the church in the light of emotional systems.


Saturday, April 29, 9:30am - 4:00pm

“Church Conflict: Don’t Waste Your Suffering”

An Event for All Church Leaders, lunch included

The focus will be on two variables from Bowen Systems Theory (anxiety and differentiation of self). The group will look at the emotional process that

occurs, the actual triggers of conflict, but also the effect of redirecting the conflict to learning and new health. Rev. Steinke will illustrate the process

he uses to move the system from anxiety to clarity, from stuckness to movement. He will refer to theological clues and themes, brain functioning, the

use of reframing, the necessity of leaders providing immunity, learning theory, and design thinking.


Registration Form

Peter Steinke is

an internationally




consultant who

has also served

as a parish pastor,

an educator, and a therapist for clergy. Drawing on the work of family-systems expert Edwin Friedman, Peter’s accessible books have helped countless

congregations understand their hidden workings and use that understanding to become healthy and vital congregations.


He is the author of three best-selling books:

  • How Your Church Family Works
  • Healthy Congregations, and
  • Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times

The last was selected as one of the top ten books for 2006 by the Academy of Parish Clergy.



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