IFD210 – The Non-Anxious Leader – The Non-Anxious Leader

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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 the book Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety, 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.

You will need a copy of Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety by Jack Shitama for this course. Other resources to get the most out of this course (but not required): Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue and Friedman’s Fables, both by Edwin Friedman.

This course is eligible for 2.0 CEUs.

The course fee may be made in two payments: $99 at the time of enrollment and $99 two weeks later. If you enroll at $99 then you will be billed $99 by email. Enrollment is commitment to pay.

Price: $198

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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 is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and currently serves as the executive director at Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville, MD. He is also the minister-in-residence for the Center for Clergy Excellence at Pecometh. He was president of the International Association of Conference Center Administrators from 2003-2007 and served on the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association Board from 2007-2015 as vice-chair (2011-2013) and chair (2013-2015).

Jack is the author of Anxious Church, Anxious People: How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety. His 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.