Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

by Ron Susek, D. Kennedy
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Baker Publishing Group


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Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

Practical suggestions on how to avoid and overcome the destructive interpersonal conflicts many churches have experienced with leaders, members, and pastors.

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ISBN-13: 9780801090912
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part 1Life Cycle of a Firestorm
1Phase 1: Sparks17
2Phase 2: Sparks Igniting a Firestorm30
3Phase 3: Firestorm in Full Fury39
4Phase 4: Consuming Winds48
5Phase 5: The Final Burn54
6Phase 6: Rebuilding on Burnt Timbers60
Part 2Causes of a Firestorm
7TRIM: The Pastor's Four Pillars of Strength69
8Social Pyromaniac Madness: Understanding Family and Psycho-Social Needs81
9Identifying Common Causes90
10Fire from the Abyss106
11Fire from On High115
Part 3Fighting a Firestorm
12Fighting Fire with Fire: Actions the Board Can Take125
13Bold Spiritual Leadership: Actions the Pastor Can Take135
14How Followers Can Lead: Actions the Church Can Take147
15Stopping the Hot Wind from Hell155
16Firestorm Consultants165
Part 4Out of the Ashes
17Assessing the Damage177
18The Church's Responsibility to the Pastor187
19Care for Badly Burned Pastors195
20Self-Help for Badly Burned Pastors: Guarding Your Heart202
21Self-Help for Badly Burned Pastors: Rebuilding212
22Care for Badly Burned Churches218
23The Intentional Interim Pastor224
24Coming Forth as Gold231
AppendixA Plan of Action Guide237
Recommended Resources249
My Debt of Love251

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Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?