Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue

by Edwin H. Friedman. The Guilford Press, 1985.


This resource explores aspects of Bowen Family Theory using stories from the author's family and his experiences as a rabbi, ultimately presenting the theory as a tool to sustain a healthy life and leadership.


Bowen Family Theory, using patterns for positive purposes, healthy leadership

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, congregant


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Create the foundation for a healthy life by examining existing patterns in your life and using them for positive purposes.
  • Apply the Bowen Family Theory to your congregation by sharing this resource with congregational leaders.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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