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The Whole Church: Congregational Leadership Guided by Systems Theory

The Whole Church: Congregational Leadership Guided by Systems Theory

by Kenneth Reeves


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Ministry can be challenging, especially when people are behaving badly or escalating conflicts. The Whole Church offers congregational leaders a way to resolve such difficult situations by first viewing the congregation as a whole, then interacting healthily with the congregation, knowing health in one area heals the whole community. The Whole Church offers a way to diagnose the whole congregation, and ways to bring calm, clarify a congregation’s identity, create an effective congregational structure, resolve conflicts, handle difficult behavior, motivate change, address unconscious dynamics, and use the sermon all to support the congregation’s health and the fulfillment of its spiritual mission.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538127339
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2019
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.23(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

The Rev. Ken Reeves, Ph.D., is an ordained minister and clinical psychologist. He has served congregations as senior pastor, taught courses on leadership and conflict resolution as an adjunct professor at Andover Newton Theological School, offered leadership training workshops for clergy across denominations, conducted psychotherapy, and provided psychological assessment and career counseling for clergy candidates.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Systems Theory Chapter 2: Diagnosis Chapter 3: The Healthy Church Chapter 4: Working on Yourself Chapter 5: Church Structure Chapter 6: Calming Them Chapter 7: Change Chapter 8: Conflict Chapter 9: Difficult Behavior Chapter 10: The Unconscious Chapter 11: Preaching Chapter 12: The Spirit Conclusion Appendix A: Situations Appendix B: Self-Definition Exercises Appendix C: History of Systems Theory Bibliography Index Author the Author

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