Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Joseph Barbour

Scripture References in this Resource

Genesis 15:5-6; Acts 17:22-28; Acts 2:46-47; Exodus 12:21-28; Exodus 20:5; Exodus 26:1; Genesis 1:1; Genesis 22:2; Genesis 3:10; 12; Genesis 4:8; Genesis 8:21; John 3:6; Matthew 18:15-17; Matthew 28:20; Psalm 33:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 1:19; Romans 2:14-15; Romans 5:12; Romans 8:22-23


The premise of this project is that small group leaders can become more effective and caring through the application of family systems theory, specifically Bowenian theory, to the leadership process. The author developed a four-part training manual that provides a general orientation to family systems thinking for group leaders, with a specific focus on self-differentiation, homeostasis or balance, and emotional triangles. All leaders indicated improved ability to work with groups and in other settings as self-differentiated persons, though some wanted to understand the concepts more completely. All felt they were more effective leaders following the training process.

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