Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life
This item is part of Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling series
- 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.
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"Ron Richardson has given us an interesting and informative book about creating a healthy church. This is an important book for pastors and congregations. He has framed the book in a way that lends itself to discussion, and through questions at the end of the chapters, guides those reading or discussing the material to in-depth examination."
--James C. Wurtzen
Director, The Blanto-Peale Graduate Institute
1. Introduction: When Bad Things Happen in Good Churches
2. The Congregation: More Than Meets the Eye
3. What Unbalances the System?
4. Being One among Many
5. Closeness, Distance, and the Congregation
6. Foolishness and Wisdom in Church Leadership
7. Reactivity Is More than Reacting
8. The Four Functional Styles of Congregational Life
9. Triangles in the Congregation
10. Signs of Serious Problems in the Church
11. Birth Order and Leadership Style
12. Assessing Your Congregation's Emotional System
13. Becoming a Better Leader