If you could have a consultant visit your congregation or ministry organization, what questions might he or she ask? Where would you start to unravel challenges and problems you are encountering? What different perspectives might help you understand the group's history and present moment? In this book, church consultant Roy King offers advice for finding answers to some of those questions. An examination of life cycle theory and a developmental change model form the framework for diagnosing the health of churches and organizations. Informed by more than twenty years of consultations with groups of various sizes, from a variety of denominations, and from all stages of an organizational life span, this practical guidance will help you appraise your leadership setting and chart a course for your church or organization to not just survive, but to live well.
Ever caught somebody - or yourself - checking out the content of a 'fat' person's supermarket trolley? Ever wondered what lies behind this behaviour, or what it might be like to be at the receiving end of this judging gaze?
Within the context of the current 'obesity debate', this book investigates the embodied experience of 'being large' from a critical psychological perspective. Using poststructuralist and feminist theories, the author explores the discourses available to and used by self-designated 'fat' individuals, as well as the societal power relationships that are produced by these.
Using the issues of body size and 'fat' as an illustration, the book describes the benefits of exploring psychological and social matters from a poststructuralist perspective, and the dangers inherent in taking reductionist approaches to public health and other social issues. As such, this book should be of particular interest to anyone working within the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and health studies, as well as those involved in the study of health, gender issues and appearance.