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Becoming a Healthier Pastor : Family Systems Theory and the Pastor's Own Family - Ronald W Richardson

Becoming a Healthier Pastor

Family Systems Theory and the Pastor's Own Family

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780800636395
Number Of Pages: 160

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Among the most helpful and widely acclaimed resources for addressing church conflict and the quality of church life is Richardson's groundbreaking volume Creating a Healthier Church (Fortress Press, 1996). His application of family systems theory to congregational life has enormously clarified its operative systems and especially its emotional system. In this sequel, Richardson employs the same methodology to address the roots of personal issues that may hinder pastors' ability to function effectively as leaders within their congregations, and may in fact cause them deep difficulties. He especially addresses pastors' own families of origin, a major but often hidden component in how they function emotionally in their congregations. When anxiety arises, unresolved familial issues and old family patterns return, often unhelpfully. Richardson explores these patterns, how they operate in church situations, and how pastors can do their own family-of-origin assessment. His volume will become a standard tool for analysis of patterns in ministerial behavior and developing strong personal effectiveness.

The pastor's own emotional system and unresolved emotional attachmentp. 13
Some common difficulties in ministry related to unresolved emotional attachment with familyp. 21
Getting started on doing the workp. 37
The author's own familyp. 43
The basic goal of the work : differentiation of selfp. 56
Readiness to do the workp. 68
Six principles for reentering our familyp. 78
The research stancep. 89
Defining a self and trianglesp. 97
Sam's examplep. 106
Ministry as coachingp. 115
Running family of origin groups in the churchp. 126
Issues and challenges for the pastoral coachp. 135
The benefits of doing family of origin workp. 146
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ISBN: 9780800636395
ISBN-10: 0800636392
Series: Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.2