About The Program Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education
About the Instructor Rev. Robert C. Spilman
About the Classes  

About the Program__


      Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) teaches pastoral care, pastoral leadership, and systems theory for clergy and lay ministers in the church. It is designed for experienced pastors, lay workers, and ministers and seminarians new to pastoral work. Clergy and lay ministers strengthen pastoral and leadership skills, creatively address tension and conflict in the church, and work on their own personal growth in ministry. The program focuses on in depth systemic change and leadership development that reduces congregational anxiety and addresses long-term issues in the church.

Congregation-Based CPE includes four creative components:
•     emphasis on pastoral and leadership issues in the congregation
•     consultation on ministry using the case study CPE format
•     application of Bowen Family Systems Theory to congregational life
•     theological reflection on pastoral ministry

Accredited As A Satellite of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, New York     

Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033


__About the Instructor__

Rev. Robert C. Spilman

Robert Spilman


        Rev. Robert C. Spilman, M. Div., is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church-- Missouri Synod. He received his B.A. degree in history from the University of Rochester and his M. Div. degree from Yale University Divinity School.
He completed his theological education at Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis. He participated in the Edwin Friedman Family Systems seminars in Bethesda, MD, and continues to study Bowen Family Systems Theory in post-graduate seminars. In 1990, he was certified as a Full Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. His special interest is applying the family systems perspective to the teaching of pastoral care and leadership in the congregation.

      Dr. Robert Spilman, a Clinical Pastoral Education leader based at the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center in Tonawanda, New York, U.S.A., has offered education in the application of Dr. Murray Bowen's family systems theory, and on the applications of that theory by Dr. Edwin Friedman, to clergy and lay leaders in faith congregations and communities in the state of New York, U.S.A., and in Ontario, Canada, for many years. His work, in the tradition of Bowen Family Systems theory, has not ended with guiding his students through the clinical pastoral education courses which he teaches and supervises. In addition he convenes regular meetings of the alumni of the congregation-based CPE courses.

__About the Classes__

The CPE program curriculum includes :
(1) Case material from congregational ministry.
(2) Presentations and discussions on systems theory, theology, and pastoral ministry.
(3) Reflection time designed to strengthen ministry.

Theological reflection on ministry is a part of each learning module in the program.
Modules :
Learning Module I - Orientation and Learning Covenants
Learning Module II - Family Systems Theory Introduction
Personal Family Diagram Presentations
Learning Module III - Introduction to Leadership and Church Systems
Congregational Work System Presentations
Learning Module IV - Mid-Unit Evaluations
Learning Module V - Bowen Systems Theory and Pastoral Leadership
Theology and Pastoral Leadership
Individual Case Consultation Presentations
Learning Module VI - Final Evaluations and Closure

For information on classes location see the contact webpage.

For information on classes theory see the curriculum vision webpage.