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113 | How to Create a Healthy Congregation: The Role of Emotional and Relational Intelligence in the Church Culture

Mental Health and the Mission of the Church, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




If God’s purpose of church leaders is to help their people “become conformed to the Image of His Son,” then what might that look like? What does it mean to “grow in Christ” and become a “mature” Christian? What impact should sanctification have on the moods, behaviors, and thought patterns of church members? What might Christlikeness look like in the emotional, relational, mental, and spiritual lives of those who attend church? Starting with a sound biblical and theological foundation, this workshop will look at specific and very practical ways that the emerging science of Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERQ) and recent developments in Interpersonal Neurobiology can help ministry leaders more effectively impact their congregation in the process of looking, living and loving more like our Lord Jesus Christ, and better fulfill the clarion call of Christ in John 12:34-35.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the clinically practical implications of a meaningful Biblical Anthropology, Christology and Soteriology in the process of helping people change and grow
2. Identify how a church congregation can relate personally and interpersonally with spiritual maturity—in the context of the Great Commandment
3. Identify specific ways that a theology of relationships and spiritual disciplines can be used to help dismantle dysfunctional patterns, identify growth potential, and complement any church ministry
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