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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.

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Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441238580
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,219,501
  • File size: 1,000 KB

Meet the Author

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.
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.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Ken Sande 11

The Case Study That Still Shocks Us 13

An Important Theological Note 19

Section 1 Perspective: Acts 15:2-4 23

1 When Sharp Disputes Begin in the Church 29

2 Seeking the Wisdom of Others-Is That Wise? 39

3 Eternity Makes a Difference 50

4 Actions, Desires, and Beliefs 59

Section 2 Discernment: Acts 15:5-7 71

5 Much Discussion and Debate 77

6 Asking Best (Not Just Right) Questions 88

7 Working with Church Groups 97

8 Moving from Spiritual Blindness to Sight 107

Section 3 Leadership: Acts 15:7-35 117

9 Christian Duty within the Church 123

10 Shepherd-Leadership 134

11 Biblical Followership 147

12 Accountability We Should Cherish 155

Section 4 Biblical Response: Acts 15:11, 16-18 167

13 How Can I Glorify God in This Mess? 175

14 Owning My Contribution to Conflict 185

15 Speaking the Truth in Love 196

16 Forgive as Christ Forgives 207

Conclusion The End of Church Conflict Is Never the End: Acts 15:36-41 217

Acknowledgments 227

Appendices

A A Summary of the Acts 15 Model for Redeeming Church Conflicts 229

B Selecting an Outside Third-Party Church Conflict Consultant 233

Notes 241

Scripture Index 245

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