Essay on The Hidden Lives Of Congregations By Ronald W. Richardson

763 Words Oct 5th, 2015 4 Pages
P & P- Journal 4
In the Foreword section of book, The Hidden Lives of Congregations, Ronald W. Richardson mentions that pastoral leadership has the capability to “influence” people. (vi) In the Introduction, the author Israel Galindo states definition of church. (12) The author argues that the basis of working of congregations is “systemic relationships.” (1) This is more elaborated in his words about congregation as “family.” (7, 8) The purpose of introducing this understanding is to help leaders know how a “congregation works” and what is the cause for it not to work. (Introduction,1) Also, another purpose is to understand how the roles of pastors are played within a congregation. (12)
Galindo points out the crucial relationship that a congregation shares with a pastor and other leaders in the congregation. (13) Referring to the story that Galindo narrates, it is intriguing to learn that his student, Allen, who had not done anything wrong with people at his church, was asked to resign from his job as a pastor. Galindo describes Allen’s “powerlessness.” (14) The work by Allen and the church’s expectations had created a clash and conflict. Here, I am reminded of Dr. Fowler’s words about the general and most expected concern that people have for the church asking “how are we to behave if we are Christians.” (date?)
This further draws me to investigate why people have authority to eliminate a pastor’s service? As Dr. Fowler stated in a class lecture “you go on behalf of…

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