Pastoral Institute hosts systems theorist

Peter Steinke, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker for the Pastoral Institute's Distinguished Lecture this year. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Founders Room, Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center on the corner of East Lindsey and College Drive. The Clergy Ministry Center at the P.I. is sponsoring the lecture.

Steinke's topic is "Systems Theory: An Approach to Building Healthy Congregations."

Steinke, who lives in Texas, is a congregational systems consultant who's been a Lutheran pastor and educator. He has drawn on the work of systems-theory expert Edwin Friedman.

"The local church is an emotional system; emotional forces take place each time we gather," Steinke has said. "It's critical for those in leadership positions, pastors and others, to recognize these forces and respond with thoughtful clarity rather than reaction, thus intensifying the anxiety-driven behaviors and problems they are trying to solve."

Cost is $80, which includes breakfast, materials and lunch.

Call 706-649-6360 or see www.pilink.org.