Entries in Conflict (10)

Thursday
Apr012010

Church Conflict, Introduction

As the general index to site materials on Church Conflict, this guide links to all other resource guides on the topic, indluding conflict education, strategies for resolution and management, guides to healthy dialogue, leadership in conflict, handling criticism and difficult people, congregational trauma, ministerial misconduct, leadership in subordinate roles, and communication competence.

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Friday
Apr022010

Church Conflict, Conflict Education 

The following resources describe conflict in all its dimensions. Although they present strategies for resolution and management, their purpose is more educational. It includes standard textbooks, understanding the dynamics of church conflict, and case studies.

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Saturday
Apr032010

Church Conflict, Strategies for Managing and Resolving

These resources offer strategies for managing or resolving the actual occurrences of conflict. Church conflict is too complex for there to be one all-inclusive guide. These books are categorized to help leaders choose which is best for their needs. Topics include overall guides to church conflict, managing ongoing unsolvable tensions (polarity management), and other issues.

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Saturday
Apr032010

Church Conflict, Communication, Healthy Behavior, Forgiveness 

The following resources focus on spiritually mature and missionally productive behavior among church members, both during periods of conflict and as ongoing habit. One of the more important emphases is forgiveness. The resources address both the preventive and restorative functions of congregational conflict.

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Monday
Apr052010

Church Conflict, Congregational Trauma, Minister Misconduct 

Not all conflict involves trauma, but all trauma involves conflict of the most complex nature. Most often, trauma is sudden, thus unlike other conflicts that may be anticipated (e.g. in response to a planned change), these difficulties demand immediate action and are usually attended by a swirl of emotions. These resources discuss trauma, including minister misconduct.

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Tuesday
Apr062010

Church Conflict, Criticism, Difficult People, Conversations 

These resources focus on the unavoidable aspects of church conflict - weathering criticism, absorbing varying levels of hostility, responding to very difficult behavior from individuals or groups, or relating to persons who are overtly antagonistic.

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Wednesday
Apr072010

Church Conflict, Leadership, Preaching, Worship in Conflict 

While all materials on church conflict management address leadership at some level, the volumes below are more specifically focused on leadership challenges during times of conflict, especially in their more public functions of preaching and worship.

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Friday
Sep032010

Christian Leadership Training, Leadership Development

These resources focus on how leaders develop, both in terms of the experiences that shape them and the exercises they choose for their own growth. It covers subjects such as spiritual formation, character formation, life experience, self-assessment, communication competence, failure and setback, etc., as they contribute to leadership enrichment. Authors include Aubrey Malphurs, Ruth Haley Barton, Gary McIntosh, Peter Scazzero, Bill Thrall, Stephen Covey, Robert Quinn, Robert Clinton, John Maxwell, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and others.

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Friday
Sep102010

Leadership Approaches - Emotional Systems, Self-Differentiation

A significant block of leadership literature is based on the principles of Emotional Systems theory. In this theory, leaders must be self-differentiated, i.e. able to remain emotionally connected to anxious people but self-managing enough to remain free of anxious reactivity in themselves. This allows leaders to inspire hope and challenge people to significant levels of growth. This guide features materials by Murray Bowen, Ed Friedman, Pete Steinke, Margaret Marcuson, Israel Galindo, and others.

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Wednesday
Sep222010

Leadership Approaches - Leading in Subordinate Roles

These titles address the fact that church leaders, though seemingly in positions of significant influence, must work through boards, multiple staffs, and other structures that when properly managed improve the consensual and team-oriented quality of congregational leadership, but when improperly managed become constraining, limiting, and controlling. Resources discuss how to exercise leadership in such situations.

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