Discover Your Conflict Management Style

Author: Speed B. Leas
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566995086
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Discover Your Conflict Management Style from the Author: Speed B. Leas. Speed B. Leas helps readers to assess their conflict response and discover options appropriate to different levels of conflict. He draws on years of experience helping conflicted congregations to provide valuable insights on the nature of conflict and its resolution, making this an excellent tool for raising self-awareness and a practical introduction to conflict management. This new edition contains an improved Conflict Strategy Instrument, revised to reflect new learnings and more accurately describe your conflict management style.

Finding Voice

Author: William B. Kincaid
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1610976940
Size: 59.48 MB
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Finding Voice from the Author: William B. Kincaid. In Finding Voice, Kincaid employs an often used but somewhat elusive metaphor, "voice," as a way of speaking of pastoral identity and contends that a lively, imaginative pastoral voice emerges from a thorough grasp of context, theology, pastoral roles, personal journey, and systemic dynamics. Designed as a text for the field education, contextual education, and supervised ministry experiences of seminary students and others preparing for congregational leadership, Finding Voice examines in depth how people are experiencing each of these constituent parts of pastoral voice at their student ministry sites not only to learn about each of the areas, but also to recognize and understand what is being called forth in the students as they engage these five key experiences and begin to visualize their future ministry. The book further explores the opportunities created when the five aspects of pastoral identity are in conflict with one another. In the absence of any one of these or the imbalance of them, pastoral voice gets skewed, and vibrant, effective ministry is undermined. Finding Voice urges students to begin now, with field education, to engage a practice of ministry that is imaginative, courageous, nimble, and faithful.

Church Conflict

Author: Norma Cook Everist
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426788126
Size: 59.87 MB
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Church Conflict from the Author: Norma Cook Everist. You love your work. You love the people--most of the time. They respect you, most of the time. You work together with colleagues, staff, and laity, with energy and enthusiasm, most of the time. But then something goes wrong: a word spoken in anger, a misunderstanding, and things turn sour. What do you do? How do you deal with conflict, whether it be long or short-term, low or high intensity? Conflict is a part of the human predicament, yet it need not define or control your ministry. This book is designed to help the reader ask certain key questions about the nature and scope of the conflict they are experiencing and, based on the answers to those questions, move beyond conflict. The author lays out the variety of responses to conflict, running the gamut from avoidance to accommodation to compromise to collaboration. Written with the real needs of congregations in mind, this book will serve as a reliable guide to all who wish to move through conflict into a more effective and authentic fulfillment of their calling.

On Eagles Wings

Author: Michael Parsons
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
ISBN: 0718843029
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On Eagles Wings from the Author: Michael Parsons. A volume of practical and scriptural essays, written by Biblical scholars, theologians, and Christian ministry practitioners exploring the idea of strength in weakness in Christian life. The book covers the idea in both Old and New Testament passages that suggest human weakness and divine strength, exemplified by the people of Israel, a community reliant on grace. Mark's portrayal of Jesus Christ indicates that it is in weakness that Christ saves. Paul's paradigm for ministry suggests the same. The teaching of strength in weakness is examined in Luther's life, Calvin's view of prayer, Barth's theology, and the divine dealing with the world. Pastoral theology demonstrates the signii-- cance of this theme for a suffering church in its mission to the world as well as its importance for preaching the leading of God's people today. The book faces the overemphasis on power in today's church, and proposes ways to engage in ministry and mission with biblical humility and reliance on God's grace.

Enhancing A High Performing School Culture And Climate

Author: Cletus R. Bulach
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475829272
Size: 48.93 MB
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Enhancing A High Performing School Culture And Climate from the Author: Cletus R. Bulach. The purpose of our book is to share with our readers some insights we have acquired over the years in our administrative experience implementing change and reforms. Two areas that are critical for any reform to succeed are the way communications and conflicts are handled. We have included a chapter on interpersonal communications that describes five basic communication skills. We have also included a chapter on conflict with provides a number of insights on how to handle conflicts and how to avoid conflicts. Successfully dealing with communications and conflict are essential for improving levels of openness and trust Crucial for school culture and climate are low levels of openness and trust. There is little agreement amongst faculty that they are open and trusting with each other. This creates a guarded environment where energy is being spent in a protective mode. Motivation that should go towards improving instruction is diverted to make sure teachers stay out of trouble. Improving levels of openness and trust is a thread throughout the book, as is the concept of servant leadership. If administrators and teachers are perceived as servants as opposed to self-serving, an improvement in levels of openness and trust will result. The authors describe a number of activities for principals so they can practice the servant leadership style that is essential in order to enhance a school’s culture and climate. One of the activities addresses bullying behavior. Bullying behavior must be addressed if there is to be a positive school culture and climate.

How To Attract And Keep Active Church Members

Author: Donald P. Smith
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664251406
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How To Attract And Keep Active Church Members from the Author: Donald P. Smith. In this study of church growth and membership retention, Smith argues that if a church is to survive, it must concentrate on keeping its present members as well as attracting new ones. Interviewing people from 600 churches of various sizes and reviewing the causes of membership decline and retention in those churches, Smith asserts that churches must meet members' needs in order to attract and keep them.

Reflecting With God

Author: Abigail Johnson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156699618X
Size: 15.41 MB
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Reflecting With God from the Author: Abigail Johnson. Untangling the day-to-day issues in our multifaceted lives can seem daunting. Time to sit quietly and reflect is rare. If we are fortunate, we have good friends or close family members with whom to talk things through and find clarity, but many times we feel isolated and lonely. As people of faith, we add another layer to our reflections when we wonder where God fits into our lives. In a broad sense, theological reflection happens any time that we wonder about God, our faith, our beliefs, and our values. In this book, however, Abigail Johnson offers a structured process for engaging in theological reflection by looking at a situation or event through a series of questions. These questions are designed to help individuals and small groups think through situations with the eyes of faith. Johnson provides detailed instructions for group facilitators, making this book a valuable resource for any theological reflection leader. She demonstrates how theological reflection will enrich the faith life of the individual and increase group members' sense of belonging to God and to the whole people of God. She also shows how small groups engaging in theological reflection affects the ongoing life of a congregation—particularly in the community's worship and the members' practice of spiritual disciplines.

The Interim Pastor S Manual

Author: Alan G. Gripe
Publisher: Geneva Press
ISBN: 9780664500023
Size: 55.42 MB
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The Interim Pastor S Manual from the Author: Alan G. Gripe. This book is a guide through the problems and possibilities of interim ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) It is full of biblical and theological insight as well as practical wisdom.

The Alexander Antidote

Author: Dr. Thomas S. Warren II
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462025536
Size: 80.86 MB
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The Alexander Antidote from the Author: Dr. Thomas S. Warren II. The joy that comes from a meaningful relationship is one of the richest blessings. Even so, there are people in every community who, for whatever reason, do and say difficult and destructive things—and the church community is no different. Confronting these difficult personalities and potentially damaging events becomes a very important task for our pastors and church leaders, but sadly many of our leaders are currently unable to cope effectively with such challenging, though regular, problems in the pastorate. In The Alexander Antidote: Turning Conflict into a Prescription of Wholeness for the Local Church, veteran pastor and advisor Dr. Thomas S. Warren II introduces a practical, Christ-centered process for proactively responding to conflict, building human relationships, and leading our churches and organizations back to health. Based on biblical principles and Warren’s thirty-five-plus years as a pastor, The Alexander Antidote guides us from understanding the nature of conflict and our reactions to finding balance to finally working with and resolving the problem “in Christ.” If you are ready to make a difference in the life of your church and allow the Lord to make an impact through you, then now is the time to set your mind and heart to the task of bringing health to the body of Christ whenever it is needed, even if it means dealing with conflict.