The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics

by Israel Galindo. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.


This book takes leaders below the surface to unpack the corporate nature of church relationships and the invisible dynamics at play. Using the Bowen Systems theory to examine the workings of the church, congregational leaders can help the church fulfill its vision.


Bowen Systems theory, functions of congregational leaders, how clergy leaders lead from their sense of self, the role of focus within congregations

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Help your congregation accomplish its vision by identifying factors that form the congregation's "hidden life."

About the Contributor

Brian Witwer

Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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