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Family Systems Peer Groups Registration

Family Systems Peer Group for Laity, Staff, Pastors, and Clergy

Have you ever felt anxious as a leader in your church or family?

Have you ever wished for, prayed for a less anxious life for yourself, and healthier relationships with others?

If so, then this may be a life changing opportunity for you. Join us as we learn a different way to function in relationships with others. A way which allows us to define who we are as a person and choose healthy responses in our most important relationships in and out of our families.

Classes are Free. Purchase of reading materials varies at the discretion of the facilitator.

For those new to Family Systems Thinking

Tony Shumaker, pastor of the Middleville UMC will facilitate this opportunity to rethink your own functioning, as well as how to function in relationship with others. Classes are the 2nd Wednesday of each month, November 13, 2019 - May 13, 2020. 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Conference Room, MiConference – West Offices, Grand Rapids.

Class Schedule: November 13, 2019; December 11, 2019; January 8, 2020; February 12, 2020; March 11, 2020; April 8, 2020; and May 13, 2020

This time of learning is for those with little or no experience with Family Systems Theory. 

Learning Tool:  the book Extraordinary Relationships, 2nd edition by Roberta M Gilbert, MD (ISBN 978-0-692-82379-8) as a during monthly sessions. Only cost for this training is your purchase of the book. 

You may direct your questions to Tony at or call 269-650-5112.


For those continuing their Family Systems Thinking

Classes facilitated by Naomi Garcia, change,systems, conflict...4 good. Classes are mostly 2nd Wednesdays, October 2019 through April 2020. 1:30-4:30 pm online via Zoom (login instructions will be sent with registration confirmation). 

Class Schedule: October 9, 2019; November 13, 2019, December 18, 2019 (9:30-12:30 class time); January 8, 2020; February 12, 2020, March 11, 2020, and April 8, 2020. 

Learning Tools: 9 concepts of Murray Bowen’s family systems theory, video assignments and specific cases participants bring for mutual learning. 

Pre-requisite: at least one of the following.

  • introduction to family systems theory, inperson or virtual.
  • Reading and/or study of
    • GROWING YOURSELF UP Jenny Brown.
    • Extraordinary Relationships by Roberta M Gilbert.
    • Extraordinary Leadership by Roberta M Gilbert.
    • Writings or videos by Emlyn Ott, Jenny Brown, Margaret Marcuson, Monica McGoldrick, Victoria Harrison, Edwin Friedman, Michael Kerr, Murray Bowen, Peter Steinke, Ronald Richardson.

You may direct your questions to Naomi at or call 517.347.4030 ext 4092. 

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