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Overview

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: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 305,392
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The pastor's own emotional system and unresolved emotional attachment 13
2 Some common difficulties in ministry related to unresolved emotional attachment with family 21
3 Getting started on doing the work 37
4 The author's own family 43
5 The basic goal of the work : differentiation of self 56
6 Readiness to do the work 68
7 Six principles for reentering our family 78
8 The research stance 89
9 Defining a self and triangles 97
10 Sam's example 106
11 Ministry as coaching 115
12 Running family of origin groups in the church 126
13 Issues and challenges for the pastoral coach 135
14 The benefits of doing family of origin work 146
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