Called, gathered, enlightened and sanctified: using Luther's catechisms and Bowen family systems theory to move beyond chronic parish anxiety and conflict toward vibrant mission
Amy C Little
The author of this program planning model project asserts that a baseline of health and well-being is needed to move a chronically anxious congregation toward mission. Using Bowen Family Systems Theory and Luther's Catechisms, pastoral leaders will be aided in facilitating positive change in the congregation including a deeper Lutheran identity and communal self-awareness in the face of conflict. By examining the eight concepts of Bowen Family Systems Theory and applying them to two Reformation-era conflicts, Luther's Small and Large Catechisms, and the biblical story of Jacob and Esau, the author develops exercises and discussion questions for the pastor to engage self and congregation towards health and mission.