Offers congregational leaders an understanding of a church system as a whole community composed of interacting members in which change in one influences all
Product Code: 6697
ISBN: 9781538127346
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield/Alban Books
Pages: 280
Published Date: 07/15/2019
Availability:In stock
Price: $29.00

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.

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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


Appendix A: Situations

Appendix B: Self-Definition Exercises

Appendix C: History of Systems Theory



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Many find it difficult to grasp the idea that we are not just individuals operating out of free will, but we are all part of emotional systems that shape who we are. Lacking this subtle and nuanced understanding of how people interact, we find ourselves at a disadvantage in reading and functioning in the enmeshed systems in which we are called to lead. This book provides guidance for self-examination and leadership development in equal measure on the topic of emotional systems, rendering understandable some counterintuitive ways of thinking about individuals and communities. - Sarah B. Drummond, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, Andover Newton Theological School

Lots of clergy and lay leaders find systems theory attractive; too few understand it in their bones. In his gentle, storytelling style, Ken Reeves unpacks key concepts like multiple causality, triangles, homeostasis, anxiety, reactivity, resistance, and systemic health. Wise leaders will look to The Whole Church for help as they wade through the troubled waters of congregational life. - Dan Hotchkiss, author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership

Reeves’s book The Whole Church leads to wise and healthy leadership. It matters what lens a leader uses to understand their setting, since what we see and understand determines our actions. This health-oriented systems approach is not only reason based—it supports a courageous leadership deeply needed in our congregations at this critical time. - Gil Rendle, consultant and author of Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World

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