Book Review: Redeeming Church Conflicts

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care

by Tara Klena Barthel and David V. Edling

 

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From the back Cover:

Every church will experience conflicts. How a church handles these inevitable conflicts determines its future and the spiritual health of its members. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth–both individually and corporately as the body of Christ. Redeeming church conflicts–making something glorious out of something awful–provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.

In this purposeful and practical book, two church-conflict resolution experts take readers through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to help them understand the intricacies of their church conflict. The book provides a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation, regardless of how the people involved in the conflict respond or fail to respond.”

 

Having been involved with many churches, conflict occurs and can many times become like a cancer, taking over the church body and causing havoc.

I enjoyed how this book was divided. The book is broken into sections with smaller chapters:

Perspective

Discernment

Leadership

Biblical Response

Conclusion

The entire book is based on a biblical account of conflict in Acts 15 and each section is based out of the principles found within Acts 15. It would appear that as long as we have been coming together to worship we have experienced conflict. It tears our church communities apart and sometimes the body cannot recover.

This book offers an example of a church conflict and asks the reader to see where God is acting in each situation. The book encourages the reader to continually reflect on the conflict happening in the individual situaion. Each chapter gives advice on actions to take on the conflict and invites the reader to look more deeply into the conflict via reflection questions.

This book would be helpful to a church board or other body trying to resolve conflict within a church, as it takes more than one person to fix the underlying issues.

4/5

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Books and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books
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