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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The Whole Church offers congregational leaders an understanding of a church system as a whole community composed of interacting members in which change in one influences all. This understanding helps church leaders navigate change and conflict, while also supporting the congregation's wholeness and safety. This book addresses how effective leadership coincides with personal and spiritual development, and ultimately emphasizes the significance of one's own spirituality and faith in supporting and fulfilling the congregation's mission.

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, PhD, is an ordained minister, clinical psychologist, therapist, and teacher. He has served congregations as pastor and created and taught courses on systems theory and congregational conflict as an adjunct professor at Andover Newton Theological School. He provides psychological assessment for clergy, and presents workshops and trainings in pastoral leadership.

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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