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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
|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|
|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|
|My Debt of Love||251|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?