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Toolkit Workshop Info

Toolkit for Healthy Relationships and Community in Congregations
Six 2.5 hour sessions, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

3 consecutive sessions beginning March 14, 2023 and 3 more beginning May 9, 2023
Cost: $25 per person
led on Zoom by The Rev. Wayne W Gustafson, DMin, LMHC

There is an old saying that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Most, if not all, people in congregations have good intentions, not bad ones. Still, without proper communication tools and relational abilities, those intentions can engender behaviors that actually create undesirable outcomes.

The purposes of this workshop are:

  • To equip participants in religious congregations with the tools to engage in, develop, and maintain healthy relationships.
  • And to demonstrate how improved human relationships can help congregations deal with conflict, crises, and decision-making.

The workshop utilizes the perspectives of

  • family systems theory,
  • the wisdom of boundary awareness,
  • the tools of nonviolent communication (Marshal Rosenberg),
  • and the principles of consensus decision-making

to help people connect divine purpose with its appropriate and congruent expression.

The workshop comes in two parts with six to eight weeks in between. After the first three sessions on consecutive Tuesday evenings, participants will have a month and a half to practice their new skills. Then in the last three sessions they will give and receive feedback on their experience, clarify their understanding of the tools, and extend their learning.

Cost:  $25 per person
Proceeds from the workshop donated to
Community Dispute Resolution Center (

To Register:

  • Follow directions on the form for payment and registration


The Rev. Wayne E. Gustafson, D.Min. is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a retired pastoral psychotherapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York.  He has been a parish pastor, prison chaplain, college psychology instructor, and pastoral counselor, always integrating psychological and spiritual perspectives. Presently he teaches ministers how to integrate psychology into their work, and he teaches psychotherapists how to integrate spirituality into their work.
Dr. Gustafson is the author of two novels Community of Promise: The Untold Story of Moses and The Wisdom Weaver. Information at