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Firestorm : Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts - Ron Susek


Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts

By: Ron Susek

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780801090912
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18+ years old

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According to one survey, as many as one third of all congregations have suffered conflicts severe enough to result in the firing or forced resignation of one or more of their pastors. Ron Susek, who has firsthand experience of the lasting effects of church controversy and has ministered to churches in turmoil, offers a detailed portrait of how events can often spiral out of control--not unlike the flames of a wildfire. Firestorm describes the six successive phases through which conflicts generally pass. In each phase, Susek identifies the tensions that tend to develop, explains how they are compounded if left unresolved, and offers practical, spiritual guidance for pastors and congregational leaders. The book also explains the spiritual, social, and psychological causes of conflict; the most appropriate means for dealing with controversy in its various stages; and what can be done in the firestorm's aftermath to restore faith and hope. A detailed plan of action is included. From the Introduction: If you think that God fell into good fortune the day you committed your wonderful leadership skills to his work and that the two of you are building a masterpiece of a church that will stand until the Lord returns, then don't bother reading this book. Enjoy your illusion while it lasts. If, on the other hand, you have been in the ministry long enough to know that your church could blow into a firestorm of conflict despite your best efforts and that it demands a constant vigil to keep the temperature set at spiritually warm, not destructively hot, then this book may be of some assistance.

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Life Cycle of a Firestorm
Phase 1: Sparksp. 17
Phase 2: Sparks Igniting a Firestormp. 30
Phase 3: Firestorm in Full Furyp. 39
Phase 4: Consuming Windsp. 48
Phase 5: The Final Burnp. 54
Phase 6: Rebuilding on Burnt Timbersp. 60
Causes of a Firestorm
TRIM: The Pastor's Four Pillars of Strengthp. 69
Social Pyromaniac Madness: Understanding Family and Psycho-Social Needsp. 81
Identifying Common Causesp. 90
Fire from the Abyssp. 106
Fire from On Highp. 115
Fighting a Firestorm
Fighting Fire with Fire: Actions the Board Can Takep. 125
Bold Spiritual Leadership: Actions the Pastor Can Takep. 135
How Followers Can Lead: Actions the Church Can Takep. 147
Stopping the Hot Wind from Hellp. 155
Firestorm Consultantsp. 165
Out of the Ashes
Assessing the Damagep. 177
The Church's Responsibility to the Pastorp. 187
Care for Badly Burned Pastorsp. 195
Self-Help for Badly Burned Pastors: Guarding Your Heartp. 202
Self-Help for Badly Burned Pastors: Rebuildingp. 212
Care for Badly Burned Churchesp. 218
The Intentional Interim Pastorp. 224
Coming Forth as Goldp. 231
A Plan of Action Guidep. 237
Notesp. 248
Recommended Resourcesp. 249
My Debt of Lovep. 251
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ISBN: 9780801090912
ISBN-10: 0801090911
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.45 x 16.05  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.41