Becoming A Healthier Pastor

Becoming A Healthier Pastor

by Ronald W. Richardson
     
 

Among the most helpful and widely acclaimed resources for addressing church conflict and the quality of church life is Richardson's groundbreaking volume Creating a Healthier Church (Fortress Press, 1996). His application of family systems theory to congregational life has enormously clarified its operative systems and especially its emotional system.

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Among the most helpful and widely acclaimed resources for addressing church conflict and the quality of church life is Richardson's groundbreaking volume Creating a Healthier Church (Fortress Press, 1996). His application of family systems theory to congregational life has enormously clarified its operative systems and especially its emotional system.

In this sequel, Richardson employs the same methodology to address the roots of personal issues that may hinder pastors' ability to function effectively as leaders within their congregations, and may in fact cause them deep difficulties. He especially addresses pastors' own families of origin, a major but often hidden component in how they function emotionally in their congregations. When anxiety arises, unresolved familial issues and old family patterns return, often unhelpfully. Richardson explores these patterns, how they operate in church situations, and how pastors can do their own family-of-origin assessment. His volume will become a standard tool for analysis of patterns in ministerial behavior and developing strong personal effectiveness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800636395
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Series:
Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
595,507
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

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Table of Contents

1The pastor's own emotional system and unresolved emotional attachment13
2Some common difficulties in ministry related to unresolved emotional attachment with family21
3Getting started on doing the work37
4The author's own family43
5The basic goal of the work : differentiation of self56
6Readiness to do the work68
7Six principles for reentering our family78
8The research stance89
9Defining a self and triangles97
10Sam's example106
11Ministry as coaching115
12Running family of origin groups in the church126
13Issues and challenges for the pastoral coach135
14The benefits of doing family of origin work146

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