Clergy Consultation Group

Clergy often enter a congregation with lots of ideas. It doesn’t take long for the focus of a leader to shift from implementing new ideas to dealing with relationship challenges. How do you implement new ideas in a relationship system like a congregation? Concepts like relationship triangles and the role of anxiety can help leaders be more effective at navigating the process of change and growth. Knowledge of the emotional system can make a difference.

Participants in the Clergy Consultation Group will meet monthly to learn about emotional process as it relates to congregational systems and the family. Participants will develop their own family diagram and have an opportunity to present ministry case studies. Each monthly session will include a theory presentation by the facilitator and a case study presentations by participants.

This series is offered online or in-person. Individuals must choose an option—participants will not be allowed to rotate between the two options.

Date, Time & Location


2017: September 19th, October 17th, November 21st, December 19th,
2018: January 16th, February 20th, March 20th, April 17th, May 8th**

Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Each session will be available live online at the designated time. Recorded sessions will not be available in the case of an absence. Participants will be using a video conference platform available at There you can download a free version of the software or head to an app store. A computer, tablet, or smartphone with microphone and video camera are required. Prior to each session, participants will receive by email a meeting ID# and instructions for logging on.


2017: September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th,
2018: January 2nd, February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st

Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

425 S. Commonwealth Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506

*Individuals must choose an option. Participants will not be allowed to rotate between the two options.



Registration is currently closed for this course.

The cost of the program $450 per person. Individual coaching is available for an additional fee. If you are interested, please contact John Bell.


John Bell, M.Div. is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church where he has served for 24 years and is a faculty member for the Center for Family Consultation. He has been teaching and applying the principles of Bowen Family System Theory for more than 17 years. John finished a three-year post-graduate program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Its Applications at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, DC.

In addition to his work in his local church, John’s effort to understand BFST continues through research, writing, blogging, teaching, and coaching individuals, families and congregations. His interests include:

  • Transition and its effect on a system
  • Homelessness and the role of the family
  • Reactivity as a response to anxiety
  • Congregational and work systems

John is married with three children and is currently serving Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora, IL.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact John Bell.