Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 25–37 | Cite as

The ecological context of family ministry: the cambridge model revisited

  • Cameron Lee


Family ministry in the local church occurs in an ecological context characterized by a diversity of family types. A viable ministry to families must be able to address this diversity at different levels within the social system: the types of nuclear and extended families within the congregation; the type of congregation itself considered as a family; and the minister's own family type. A comprehensive family typology is needed to conceptualize this notion. The Cambridge model of closed, open, and random families, created by David Kantor and William Lehr, is summarized and then applied to an understanding of the ecology of family ministry.


Social System Extended Family Cross Cultural Psychology Family Type Ecological Context 
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© Human Sciences Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cameron Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of PsychologyFuller Theological SeminaryPasadena

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