Self-definition as a leadership strategy for clergy
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Effective pastoral leadership can be understood as a healing modality from the point of view of family systems theory. Thus the process of self definition becomes a leadership strategy for clergy as well as therapists.
This paper integrates family systems thinking as it addresses the issues of ministry today, patricularly the leadership issue.
The Introduction reflects on Jesus through systems concepts, looks at the "call" of clergy through a fable, and focuses on common clergy stories operating in three interlocked systems. Chapter I introduces systems thinking through Bowen Family System Theory . Chapter II briefly describes the application of family theory by Edwin Friedman to the religious community. Chapter III utilizes a qualitative methodology in the use of three case studies focusing on clergy salary, a father's death, and supervision of an intern. Chapter IV explores a perspective on a theology of leadership.