IntroductionI. Family Theory1. The Idea of a Family2. Understanding Family ProcessII. The Families within the Congregation3. The Marital Bond4. Child-Focused Families5. Body and Soul in Family Process6. When the Parent Becomes the Child7. A Family Approach to Life-Cycle CeremoniesIII. The Congregation as a Family System8. Family Process and Organizational Life9. Leadership and Self in a Congregational Family10. Leaving and Entering a Congregational FamilyIV. The Personal Families of the Clergy11. The Immediate Family: Conflict and Traps12. The Extended Family: Its Potential for Salvation
Edwin H. Friedman, until his death in 1996, worked for more than 35 years in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, and was in great demand as a consultant and public speaker throughout the country. A family therapist and ordained rabbi, Dr. Friedman was well known in the fields of mental health and pastoral education for his motivational style and his unique blend of systems thinking, humor, and common sense. He offered acclaimed workshops for mental health practitioners, clergy, business leaders, and others.
"Friedman understood congregational life as no one else did at the time and possibly as no one else has done since....When this book was originally written, clergy flocked to read it, as well as to attend Friedman's lectures and participate in the training program he established. Just as the book's title suggests, Friedman's ideas continue to be passed down to today's generation of leaders."--from the Foreword to the Paperback Edition by Gary Emanuel, PhD, and Mickie Crimone, MS, APRN "Well written and lively...required reading for pastoral counselors of every persuasion....Any therapist will find here new techniques for bringing about changes and will enlarge his or her conceptual framework of the human dilemma." --Jay Haley