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Leading Change Requires Understanding a Community's System

A church isn't a blank slate -- and neither is a pastor. Leading change requires understanding a community's system for relating and behaving -- and understanding your own family system, too.

"The nature of such systems and how we function within them is the interest of “family systems theory.” This theory was first developed by Murray Bowen and later applied to congregational settings by Edwin Friedman, Lawrence Matthews and many others.

Through the lens of family systems theory, the emotional inheritance of a congregation comprises a set of largely unseen forces and influences that congregants and leaders operate within. A church is not simply the people on the membership roll but also their unique way of functioning, which is inherited from past generations."

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