The Peacemaking Church: 8 Biblical Keys to Resolve Conflict and Preserve Unity

The Peacemaking Church: 8 Biblical Keys to Resolve Conflict and Preserve Unity

by Curtis Heffelfinger, Ken Sande

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When human beings are involved in any endeavor, conflict is inevitable. But the best fight is the one a church never has to have because its members have been intentionally cultivating practices that lead to peace and preserve unity.

Whether they are dealing with conflict right now or hoping to avoid it later, church members, pastors, and ministry leaders will benefit from the proactive approach to peacemaking found in The Peacemaking Church, which will equip them with the knowledge and practices they need to instill in their church leadership and membership. Foreword by Ken Sande.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493415304
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Curtis Heffelfinger has served in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years. He has written for Tabletalk magazine and served on the steering committee for the Orlando chapter of the Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Jan, are the parents of six children and have nine grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ken Sande 9

Introduction: Feeling the Pains That Spoil Unity in Jesus's Church-the Orlando Grace Story 11

1 Our Best and Nothing Less 19

Part 1 Embracing the Priorities That Preserve Unity in Jesus's Church

2 Seeing Ourselves as Peacemakers in the Right Light 29

3 Shaping Our Approach as Peacemakers with the Right Touch 39

4 Basing Our Thinking as Peacemakers on the Right Doctrine 51

Part 2 Avoiding the Pitfalls That Threaten Unity in Jesus's Church

5 Murdering: Staying out of "Prison"-the How of Settling Disputes 67

6 Litigating: Staying in the Church-the Where of Settling Disputes 83

7 Judging: Staying off the Throne-the Why of Settling Disputes 97

Part 3 Mastering the Practices That Foster Unity in Jesus's Church

8 Intercepting Relational Disasters before They Ever Occur 113

9 Honoring Spiritual Leaders for Their Exceptional Work 127

Epilogue: Savoring the Pleasures That Accompany Unity 143

Acknowledgments 155

Notes 157

Subject Index 165

Scripture Index 169

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