Reflection on the Small Church

ST. PETE BEACH – This past Thursday I helped facilitate a Fresh Start session for clergy who are in transition. …. The focus was on ‘family system dynamics’ – based on theories developed by Rabbi Edwin Friedman and Murray Bowen. The definition of family systems theory is that individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family, as the family is an emotional unit. This theory is used in church life in the belief that a church functions as an emotional unit – and that people are not understood in isolation from one another – including clergy – and yet at the …