How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems / Edition 1

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Overview

Drawing on the work of Bowen, Friedman, and his own many years' counseling experience, Peter Steinke shows how to recognize and deal with the emotional roots of such issues as church conflict, leadership roles, congregational change, irresponsible behavior, and the effect of family of origin on current relationships. Discover why working relationships may be "stuck" in certain behaviors. Psychologically sound, theologically grounded, and practically illustrated with case studies, How Your Church Family Works will help you better understand how your congregation works and how to keep it healthy. Featuring a new preface and a fresh redesign, the book is a classic work by one of the most respected names in congregational consulting.

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Kathie Bender
Dr. Steinke helps readers understand the complex relationships of the family unit, while also discovering ways to make these relationships work more effectively.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566991100
  • Publisher: Alban Institute, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Series: Church Leader's Core Library
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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Peter L. Steinke is an internationally respected congregational systems consultant who has also served as a parish pastor, an educator, and a therapist for clergy. He is the author of the best-selling book Healthy Congregations.

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