IFD210 – The Non-Anxious Leader

IFD210 – The Non-Anxious Leader

Course Dates: July 5-18, 2017

Anxious times and anxious institutions require non-anxious leaders. Effective leadership depends on being able to separate your personal anxieties from the issues that affect your church or organization. Based on Edwin’s Friedman’s seminal work, Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue, this course will provide you with a basic understanding of how to begin the journey toward becoming an effective, non-anxious leader. Learn why understanding your own family of origin is the key to effective leadership, what you can do to grow in this capacity and the most important characteristic of effective leaders.

This course is comprised of a series of brief recorded presentations that can be viewed at your convenience on specific days. Interaction with the instructor and other students is facilitated through online discussion threads. There will also be three live online discussions with dates and times to be determined. These sessions will be recorded for students who are unable to participate. Live participation or viewing of recorded sessions is required for CEU credit.

Suggested (but not required) reading to get the most out of this course: Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue and Friedman’s Fables, both by Edwin Friedman.

This course offers 2.0 CEUs.

Price: $99


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Past participants in this course have said…

“This is an excellent course that was superbly taught through recorded presentations, daily assignments, and online discussions with the instructor and other students. The course definitely stretches you since it is a lot to digest in a two-week period. But, the benefit to the student in learning how to become a non-anxious leader in the family and in the church (which is also applicable to the job) is well worth the time invested. This should be a required course for clergy, certified lay ministers, and others in leadership positions in the church.”


Jack Shitama

Jack Shitama 2014Jack Shitama is the Executive Director of Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries where he has served since 2000. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and has served as pastor of churches in Port Deposit, MD and Chesapeake City, MD. He represented the Peninsula-Delaware Conference as a clergy delegate to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. He served as President of the International Association of Conference Center Admnistrators from 2003-2007. He is the currently the Chair of the United Methodist National Camp and Retreat Committee.

Jack’s focus on leadership development is based on his own experience using a family systems approach to effective leadership. He is an avid learner with a passion for taking the most recent secular learnings and applying them to spiritual leadership