Ministry Modules




Ministry Modules offer an opportunity to engage in structured sessions on an aspect of family systems thinking that is applicable to ministry contexts.

The sessions are facilitated by Christian family systems practitioners and trainers, and aim to introduce core concepts and principles from Bowen Family Systems Theory that aim to increase awareness, thoughtfulness and maturity in relationships.Modules require pre-reading and will provide time for questions, discussion, and personal application.

Each Ministry Module consists of three online 1.5-hour reading and discussion groups. Cost per module is $135+GST or $420+GST to register for all four.


How can I lead in a way that allows my organisation to accomplish its goals while giving those I lead the best chance to flourish?

What does it take for me to lead with more maturity and less reactivity when relationships become uncomfortable or complicated?

This ministry module uses a systems lens to explore how you can become more aware of the relational pressures affecting you and the people you lead. It provides a framework to lead in line with your principles as you seek to fulfil your responsibilities amidst competing interests and relationship complexities.

Time: TUESDAYS 11:30am-1pm

Dates: 20th February | 5th March | 19th March

Facilitator: Matt Steele


Why would thinking about my Family of Origin be helpful to me in ministry?

What can I learn about the automatic behaviours I learned in childhood that influence my ability to navigate relationship dynamics in ministry?

This ministry module invites you to consider how the people in your family of origin adapted to life’s challenges, how this has influenced you and what you find problematic in ministry relationships today. Family Systems theory will teach you new ways of understanding yourself and the people you are in ministry with.

Time: WEDNESDAYS 11:30am-1pm

Dates: 15th May | 29th May | 12th June

Facilitator: Edward Vaughan


Does conflict trigger me to fight or flight? How do I respond when someone reduces contact with me? How quickly do I seek to solve a problem that isn’t my responsibility? How do I react when people aren’t happy with my decisions? How often do I find myself talking about people who are not present in the conversation?

This ministry module will explore what it takes to learn about and manage your automatic reactions in relationships. You will become aware of predictable patterns of behaviour under stress and consider what it takes to develop a less anxious presence in ministry relationships.

Time: TUESDAYS 11:30am-1pm

Dates:  6th August | 20th August | 3rd September

Facilitator: Veronica Peters


What happens when we broaden the lens to consider the systemic and relational factors that contribute to many ministry workers experiencing burnout? How can I effectively manage myself and last the distance in the face of ministry complexities and challenges?

This ministry module will use systems thinking to expand your understanding of the causes of burnout. Learning about your default behaviours in response to stress can provide a road map out of exhaustion into more thoughtful, sustainable ministry practices. It will demonstrate that developing a more defined ‘self’ in relationship systems is vital to sustainable ministry.

Time: TUESDAYS 11:30am-1pm

Dates: 29th October | 12th November | 26th November

Facilitator: Anna Moss

Click here to register for one or more of the 2024 Ministry Modules!

These Ministry Modules can also be packaged up for ministry staff team training with a group of 6+. Send us an enquiry if you are interested in systems training for your team.

What do the Systems in Ministry programs offer?

1. Theory

Online modules provide an understanding of Bowen Family Systems Theory while guided reading introduce ministry-oriented literature to extend thinking about the ministry contexts.

2. Ministry Application

Supervision groups contribute a rich collaborative learning environment providing the opportunity to consider the application of theory to ministry situations with peers and faculty staff

3. Personal Development

Understanding yourself, your own functioning and your own relational habits creates a level of self-awareness that helps navigate some of the pastoral and personal dilemmas faced in ministry