Redeeming Church Conflicts Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care

ISBN-10: 080101428X
ISBN-13: 9780801014284
Edition: 2012
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Description: Every church will experience conflicts. How a church handles these inevitable conflicts determines its future and the spiritual health of its members. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth--both individually and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Every church will experience conflicts. How a church handles these inevitable conflicts determines its future and the spiritual health of its members. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth--both individually and corporately as the body of Christ. Redeeming church conflicts--making something glorious out of something awful--provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.In this purposeful and practical book, two church-conflict resolution experts take readers through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to help them understand the intricacies of their church conflict. The book provides a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation, regardless of how the people involved in the conflict respond or fail to respond.

Tara Klena Barthel is a former attorney and director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while occasionally accepting cases as a mediator, arbitrator, and conflicted church intervention team member. Tara is an instructor and Certified Christian Conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries and a consultant to businesses and Christian ministries resolving conflict. Tara and her family live in Montana.

David V. Edling is a former attorney and director at Peacemaker Ministries. He has taught at several seminaries and served his country with distinction in both the US Navy and US Coast Guard officer corps, including multiple tours of duty in combat zones. He serves in the private practice of Christian conciliation through his church's reconciliation ministry. He and his wife, Pat, live in Colorado.

Foreword
The Case Study That Still Shocks Us
An Important Theological Note
Perspective: Acts 15:2-4
When Sharp Disputes Begin in the Church
Seeking the Wisdom of Others-Is That Wise?
Eternity Makes a Difference
Actions, Desires, and Beliefs
Discernment: Acts 15:5-7
Much Discussion and Debate
Asking Best (Not Just Right) Questions
Working with Church Groups
Moving from Spiritual Blindness to Sight
Leadership: Acts 15:7-35
Christian Duty within the Church
Shepherd-Leadership
Biblical Followership
Accountability We Should Cherish
Biblical Response: Acts 15:11, 16-18
How Can I Glorify God in This Mess?
Owning My Contribution to Conflict
Speaking the Truth in Love
Forgive as Christ Forgives
Conclusion The End of Church Conflict Is Never the End: Acts 15:36-41
Acknowledgments
Appendices
A Summary of the Acts 15 Model for Redeeming Church Conflicts
Selecting an Outside Third-Party Church Conflict Consultant
Notes
Scripture Index

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