In this volume, Ronald W. Richardson helps us to understand how congregations function emotionally. Without being simplistic, he gives clear directions on how to improve their quality of life together and function more effectively in achieving mission goals. This book offers:
- A theory about human behavior that will aid understanding of how things can get out of control in the human community of the church.
- Guidelines for how to behave in the midst of upsetting and conflict circumstances
- Personal steps that leaders in the church can take to become more positive forces for healing and cooperation.
Praise for the Print Edition
Every congregation that has struggled to maintain a balance between individuality and togetherness, closeness and distance, unity and difference, and every leader who has determined to stay out of the emotional muddles of congregational life will find help in this book.
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
- Title: Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life
- Author: Ronald W. Richardson
- Publisher: Fortress Press
- Publication Date: 1996
- Pages: 184
About Ronald W. Richardson
Ronald W. Richardson is former Clinical Director of the North Shore Counseling Center, pastoral counselor, author of many books on family systems theory and is currently a retired pastor living in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. Richardson attended UCLA where he received his BA in English Literature in 1962. He then went on to Princeton Theological Seminary and received his MD in Biblical Studies in 1966. Later, he finished his studies at Colgate/Rochester Divinity School receiving his Doctorate in 1976. Richardson is author of Family Ties That Bind: A Self-Help Guide to Change through Family of Origin Therapy, Birth Order and You: How Your Sex and Position in the Family Affect Your Personality and Relationships, and Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life.