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Building the Church

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The Healing Tree
has a passion to encourage and equip the Church for
unity and maturity
by offering assistance through Private Consultations & Programs ...

Ephesians 4 states clearly in scripture:

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

Church Leadership Consultation


Contact Patti C. Dunne at or 860-377-4064

Pastoral Formation Program

The Pastoral Formation Program is based on systems theory. It examines the connection between family of origin history and a healthy career in ministry. Through exploration of spiritual, emotional, and psychological health, participants gain insight into his/her personal family history and how it can lead to repetition. Program goals are to develop pastors with a clear understanding of their history, its impact on their professional life, and skills that will help them in ministry.


The program intention considers assessment of psychological and spiritual health an important component to ascertain emotional stability and spiritual maturity. This program is based upon research about the impact of a clergy person’s family of origin on his/her work in pastoral relationships. Specifically the program focuses on the ways in which unconscious patterns from core relationships in one's childhood gets replicated into the interpersonal relationship between a pastor in a congregation. It builds upon insights from major researchers. 

The model invites participants to discover how poor family of origin relationships and family narratives set a template for the patterns of interacting in a congregation. The program helps clergy become more aware of their patterns of interaction with authority figures and their own use of authority so they can develop alternatives to the automatic repetition of these patterns in their ministry to others. 


Contact Patti C. Dunne at or 860-377-4064

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