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Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

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Will your church be part of the thirty-three percent unable to spot the kindling of conflict before it flares up and results in the dismissal of a pastor? Firestorm describes the six successive phases of conflict and explains the causes of that conflict, strategies to cope with controversy, and what can be done in the firestorm's aftermath to restore faith and hope.
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Overview

Will your church be part of the thirty-three percent unable to spot the kindling of conflict before it flares up and results in the dismissal of a pastor? Firestorm describes the six successive phases of conflict and explains the causes of that conflict, strategies to cope with controversy, and what can be done in the firestorm's aftermath to restore faith and hope.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801090912
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 360,061
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Susek is an ordained minister with the North American Baptist Conference. He has pastored three churches and is now director of the Susek Evangelistic Association in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Susek speaks extensively around the world and is the author of Seeing Is Not Believing and You Can Handle Stress.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
Part 1 Life Cycle of a Firestorm
1 Phase 1: Sparks 17
2 Phase 2: Sparks Igniting a Firestorm 30
3 Phase 3: Firestorm in Full Fury 39
4 Phase 4: Consuming Winds 48
5 Phase 5: The Final Burn 54
6 Phase 6: Rebuilding on Burnt Timbers 60
Part 2 Causes of a Firestorm
7 TRIM: The Pastor's Four Pillars of Strength 69
8 Social Pyromaniac Madness: Understanding Family and Psycho-Social Needs 81
9 Identifying Common Causes 90
10 Fire from the Abyss 106
11 Fire from On High 115
Part 3 Fighting a Firestorm
12 Fighting Fire with Fire: Actions the Board Can Take 125
13 Bold Spiritual Leadership: Actions the Pastor Can Take 135
14 How Followers Can Lead: Actions the Church Can Take 147
15 Stopping the Hot Wind from Hell 155
16 Firestorm Consultants 165
Part 4 Out of the Ashes
17 Assessing the Damage 177
18 The Church's Responsibility to the Pastor 187
19 Care for Badly Burned Pastors 195
20 Self-Help for Badly Burned Pastors: Guarding Your Heart 202
21 Self-Help for Badly Burned Pastors: Rebuilding 212
22 Care for Badly Burned Churches 218
23 The Intentional Interim Pastor 224
24 Coming Forth as Gold 231
Appendix A Plan of Action Guide 237
Notes 248
Recommended Resources 249
My Debt of Love 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    Helping to Prevent Conflicts

    I particularly liked the section where he talked about the Matthew 18 Formula. It is so important that we confront issues and get them resolved. Otherwise, the evil one steps in to try and do even more damage. I have found this book most helpful in dealing with others; not only in church situations but in the general workplace as well. The section on Conflict Management is great -- sharing the options of six different steps. This book helps you to deal with conflicts but also makes you look at yourself. I would highly recommend this book for pastors, church leaders....all Christian ministry workers. Personally, I know of many churches who struggle with the pastor and church board relations; and it would be great if they could all use this book as a study guide to help resolve issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Advancing the Gospel Together

    Ron's book Firstorm will be around for a long time. There is much spiritual insight to gather from reading & studying this book. It can be used in small group studies, Sunday School classes and even in seminaries. It is very practical. My wife and I read it together for our devotions. The churches in America will benefit greatly from the author's years of experience in dealing with church conflicts. Chapter 7 alone is worth the price of the book. It helps a pastor to evaluate himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

    The book Firestorm has essential information to equip the Christian in the midst of a firestorm as well as pertinent data for identifying an approaching firestorm. So much of the material laid out can be applied to other areas of conflict in our lives. Having been very active in my church for so many years I found it devastating to walk through a firestorm and have spoken with others from different churches who have experienced the same things. Wish we'd had this book several years ago. Firestorm is an instrument of help and hope for the Christian worker!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    Hope and Healing

    As a pastor's wife for many years and a Sunday School teacher, I find this book extremely helpful in dealing with church conflict issues. I only wish that I would have had a book like this 20 years ago. This can also serve as a tool in the hands of church boards as they experience their own firestorms. Life and ministry is filled with ups and downs. He shares the Biblical role of a peacekeeper and a peacemaker. There is healing in this book as it gives answers to Christian burn-out and stress related issues to ministry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

    The book Firestorm superbly communicates how the enemy infiltrates; how to recognize the warning signs and avoid a major crisis as well as survive a firestorm. Having served as a deacon for many years and experiencing firestorms of our own, this book is so timely and is an encouraging, blessed tool in the hands of hurting people. An excellent read; a must for God's servants from all walks of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Bravo!

    Excellent. Practical, self-help book for pastors, churches, and church leaders. Hats off to Ron Susek for assisting the local church in working through conflict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    The story about the Southern Pennsylvania church has no ending

    The reader has no idea if the Southern Pennsylvania church which the author claims to have rescued is stronger than before he intervened of if he simply intervened. Where are the measurable statistics that compare before he intervened and post-intervention?

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