Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Alban Books
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978-1-56699-328-9 • Paperback • November 2006 • $29.00 • (£21.99)
978-1-56699-494-1 • eBook • November 2006 • $25.50 • (£19.99)
Peter L. Steinke is an internationally respected congregational systems consultant who has also served as a parish pastor, an eduator, and a therapist for clergy. He is the author of the best-selling books How Your Church Family Works and Healthy Congregations.
Foreword, Rick Foss
PART 1: THE LEADER'S PRESENCE
Chapter 1: Anxious Souls
Chapter 2: The Balancing Act
Chapter 3: The Nonanxious Presence
PART 2: THE LEADER'S FUNCTIONING
Chapter 4: Holy Tissue
Chapter 5: Influencing the Emotional Field
Chapter 6: The Essential Edge
PART 3: THE LEADER'S CHALLENGES
Chapter 7: We versus They
Chapter 8: Rocking the Emotional Boat
Chapter 9: To Challenge or to Survive
Postscript: People of the Charm
This is the book you’ll want on your shelf and will want to read carefully and digest if you hope to master a rudimentary understanding of the way family systems theory addresses leadership in a congregation.
— New England Lutheran Theological Forum
Dr. Steinke once again illuminates the path towards healthier, more effective church leadership. He consistently provides deep wisdom that is both relevant and transformative.
— James Boyer, pastoral psychotherapist and organizational consultant
A faithful book, full of insight and illustration.
— Rick Foss, Bishop, Eastern North Dakota Synod, ELCA
In his first two books, Peter Steinke effectively offered the lens of family systems through which to see congregational life. In this new book, he continues his tradition of wit, clarity, and insight while moving to a new level of depth and artistry.
— W. Craig Gilliam, Director, The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness, The Louisiana Annual Conference of the UMC
• Winner, Top Ten Books of 2006, Academy of Parish Clergy