Promise and Peril Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations

ISBN-10: 1566993822
ISBN-13: 9781566993821
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Brubaker
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Description: Congregations cannot exist without finances, priorities, leadership, worship, and decision making, yet these five aspects breed the most conflict between church members and clergy. These conflicts unfortunately tend to bring about the most negative  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Congregations cannot exist without finances, priorities, leadership, worship, and decision making, yet these five aspects breed the most conflict between church members and clergy. These conflicts unfortunately tend to bring about the most negative consequences: drops in giving, resignation of leaders, and, perhaps most pointedly, loss of members. The importance of congregations and their effect on our lives is clear, yet what is less clear is what makes conflicts in faith communities inevitable. In Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations, David Brubaker brings the tools of organizational theory and research to the task of understanding the deeper dynamics of congregational conflict. With a doctorate in sociology and more than twenty years working with congregational conflicts, Brubaker helps to explore the causes and effects of conflicts on a wide range of congregations. This book will help congregations avoid the pitfalls of conflict and instead head toward a healthy relationship between and among church staff and members.

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