Creating A Healthier Church

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Overview

Ronald W. Richardson helps us to understand how congregations function emotionally. Without being simplistic, he gives clear directions on how to improve their quality of life together and function more effectively in achieving mission goals. This book offers:
A theory about human behavior that will aid understanding of how things can get out of control in the human community of the church;
A practical set of leadership ideas and behaviors;
Guidelines for how to behave in the midst of upsetting and conflictual circumstances;
Personal steps that leaders in the church can take to become more positive forces for healing and cooperation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800629557
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 191,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Acknowledgments 10
1 Introduction: When Bad Things Happen in Good Churches 11
2 The Congregation: More Than Meets the Eye 24
3 What Unbalances the System? 41
4 Being One among Many 54
5 Closeness, Distance, and the Congregation 66
6 Foolishness and Wisdom in Church Leadership 80
7 Reactivity Is More than Reacting 91
8 The Four Functional Styles of Congregational Life 101
9 Triangles in the Congregation 114
10 Signs of Serious Problems in a Church 131
11 Birth Order and Leadership Style 144
12 Assessing Your Congregation's Emotional System 158
13 Becoming a Better Leader 172
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