Assessing Self and Ecclesial Contexts Through Family Systems Constructs

  • David Lee Jones Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


This paper demonstrates that engaging the writings of family systems theorists Murray Bowen, Edwin H. Friedman, Michael E. Kerr, Peter L. Steinke, and Ronald W. Richardson and employing key family systems concepts when designing, implementing, and evaluating Doctor of Ministry projects will enhance their quality. 
This paper argues that all Doctor of Ministry programs should require their students to employ family systems constructs when designing, implementing, and evaluating their final projects in order to assess both themselves and their ecclesial contexts because not to do so assumes both students and faculty will miss important systemic issues embedded in their ecclessial contexts.

Author Biography

David Lee Jones, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Director of the Doctor of Ministry ProgramAustin Presbyterian Theological Seminary