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Communication in the Church: A Handbook for Healthier Relationships

Communication in the Church: A Handbook for Healthier Relationships

by Thomas G. Kirkpatrick


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Communication is integral to the mission of the church, but it can go awry in myriad ways, both obvious and subtle. Communication in the Church helps congregations create healthier ways for their members to relate to one another for greater personal and congregational success. The book offers practical guidelines to help readers become more effective in how they build relationships, lead meetings, experience trust, practice forgiveness, use power, and bridge cultures. Communication in the Church distills the latest social science research for readers including clergy, lay leaders, continuing education planners, students, scholars, and others. Each chapter includes real-life scenarios, sensible guidelines, practical applications, and suggestions for further learning. This book aims to help readers communicate more effectively-from leading more engaging and productive meetings to preventing or addressing communication breakdowns.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566997898
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2016
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas G. Kirkpatrick is an educator, trainer, writer, pastor, and consultant with specialties in interpersonal communication, small group ministries, and conflict management. He is the author of Small Groups in the Church: A Handbook for Creating Community. He has served as pastor at several churches and professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Whitworth University. He has also been a campus minister and program director of camps and conferences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Building Relationships Chapter 2. Leading Meetings Chapter 3. Experiencing Trust Chapter 4. Practicing Forgiveness Chapter 5. Using Power Appendix A. Paraphrasing Exercise Appendix B. Listening Awareness and Skills Inventory Appendix C. Strength Bombardment Exercise

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