This book explores the life and ministry of John Wesley from the perspective of Murray Bowen's Extended Family Systems Theory and to a lesser extent from Alfred Adler's concept of family constellation. Throughout the book, the author uses concepts drawn from these theories to explore significant historical and pivotal events in the life of John Wesley. Beginning with family events prior to his birth, the author also explores his early family constellation, influential themes, factors shaping his ministry, and various relational issues, including his relationships with Sophy Hopkey, Grace Murray, and his marriage to Mary Vazeille. It concludes by drawing lessons from Wesley's life pertinent to today's ministers.
|Publisher:||Wipf & Stock Publishers|
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About the Author
Anthony J. Headley is Professor of Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of Reframing Ministry (2007), Created for Responsibility (2006) and Achieving Balance in Ministry (1999).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Tables vi
Chapter 1 Two Lenses for Understanding the Wesley Family 1
Chapter 2 The World of the Wesleys 19
Chapter 3 Traumatic Events in the Wesley Family Prior to John's Birth 34
Chapter 4 Wesley's Early Recollections and Family Context 52
Chapter 5 Multigenerational Transmission Process in the Wesley Family: Recurring Vocational Themes 73
Chapter 6 Relational Patterns in the Wesley Family 88
Chapter 7 Family Marriage Patterns and the Influence on John Wesley's Intimate Relationships 117
Chapter 8 Lessons in Life and Ministry from the Life of John Wesley 147