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Becoming a Healthier Pastor (Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling) (Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling)

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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, Richa ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by FORTRESS PRESS
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Rob O'Lynn
Aug 31, 2015 Rob O'Lynn rated it really liked it
Good, basic description of the main components of systems theory and how the emotionally-mature minister can use systems theory to lead a congregation. It is written more from a counseling perspective, seeing the role of the minister as a "coach" rather than a pastoral leader. However, the close reader will agree with Richardson that many in the church have never really faced the reality of their psycho-spiritual condition. Without saying it (at least directly), Richardson argues that we all ope ...more
Calvin
Dec 04, 2011 Calvin rated it liked it
Very interesting indeed, I am unfamiliar with therapeutic models and schemes, and so I have nothing against which to benchmark this family systems theory. It seemed that it has some merit though, and the worked examples appeared to demonstrate consistency. There were also some very practical pastoral applications that were obvious and may prove helpful in the future. The most disappointing aspect of the book for me was that it did not reference scripture nor explore God's role in all the attachm ...more
Corey
Jun 08, 2012 Corey rated it it was amazing
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An excellent, insightful book. Richardson clearly knows his stuff. He applies family systems theory to the work of the pastor and, contrary to conventional wisdom, says that the pastor's ability to be a healthy leader hinges on whether he/she has done the necessary work of being healthy in his/her own family. The book is full of helpful examples that are hard-hitting and realistic.
Jonathan
Feb 11, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Although limited by a focus on Family Systems Theory (Bowen theory), this book is great for pastors who are interested in differentiation. The author argues that differentiation of self is the main way pastors become healthy. A concluding section on how to be a coach is also helpful.
Shawn
Dec 20, 2013 Shawn rated it it was ok
Good book if you really big on family systems theory… And it can be very helpful if you're working on your Genogram. However, is a difficult read it takes a little work to translate into how to make it work when you're not an expert.
Eric Black
A rather dry application of family systems theory to the pastor as person
Larry
Jan 30, 2009 Larry rated it really liked it
deeply compassionate, wise, loving advice from a sage who loves God and loves pastors
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