Thriving Through Ministry Conflict: A Parable on How Resistance Can Be Your Ally

Paperback | January 4, 2010

byJames P. Osterhaus

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Church conflict doesn't have to be an enemy that tears a congregation apart. By learning how to handle it wisely, pastors and church leaders can make resistance one of their most valuable allies. Far from fearing conflict, leaders can turn it into a catalyst for positive change and a stronger, more united church. Through the fictional story of a typical pastor embroiled in conflict, Thriving through Ministry Conflict shows how to handle and resolve conflict in a healthy way. By working through a series of response activities and discussion questions, the reader will gain powerful insights into the emotional dynamics of conflict. Here are the knowledge and tools that can help pastors and church leaders trade self-defeating responses to conflict for an empowering, constructive approach; gain a working command of key conflict survival principles; and cultivate the skills needed to effectively navigate the conflicts every ministry leader faces.

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Church conflict doesn't have to be an enemy that tears a congregation apart. By learning how to handle it wisely, pastors and church leaders can make resistance one of their most valuable allies. Far from fearing conflict, leaders can turn it into a catalyst for positive change and a stronger, more united church. Through the fictional ...

Jim Osterhaus, (PhD, American University) a partner and consultant for The Armstrong Group, has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, and many other leading publications. He is a psychologist, dynamic executive coach, and public speaker with extensive experience in helping individuals move through change...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.5 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310324661

ISBN - 13:9780310324669

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ContentsList of Response Activities 9Acknowledgments 11Introduction: A Dangerous and Difficult Path 131. Welcome to the Jungle 192. Ctrl + Alt + Delete = ? 263. It's All about You 374. Things Fall Apart 455. The Deepest Water 586. On the Right Track 677. Thaw in Chicago 748. Back at Work 849. Entrusted 94Response ActivitiesPhase 1: The Problem Is You, So Know Yourself 101Phase 2: Resistance Is Your Ally 114Phase 3: Adaptive Change 128Discussion Questions 151List of Response ActivitiesPhase 1:The Problem Is You, So Know Yourself1. Reflection Scenario and Questions 1042. Red Zone, Blue Zone Quiz 1053. Your Red Zone Behaviors 1074. Boundaries 110Phase 2: Resistance Is Your Ally5. Reflection Scenario and Questions 1156. Resistance 1177. Projection 1208. Transference 1239. Postures 125Phase 3: Adaptive Change10. The Adaptive Leader 13011. Technical versus Adaptive Change 13312. Reframing 13513. Principles for Managing Conflict 14014. Secrets to Healthy Conflict 14415. The Confrontation Process 14616. When Heading into the Red Zone 148