Transforming Church Conflict: Compassionate Leadership in Action
With many pastors facing burnout and congregations suffering from internal divisions, there is a need for Christian resources that present concrete problem-solving techniques for handling conflict in the church. This book offers practical skills and strategies that the authors have learned through years of studying nonviolent communication (NVC) as described in Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, and as developed by numerous NVC trainers all over the world. Using real-world case studies and examples, Hunsinger and Latini helpfully guide pastors and lay leaders through effective and compassionate ways to deal with discord. These strategies include differentiating observations from evaluations, experiencing and expressing feelings, identifying and connecting with needs, and making requests rather than demands. By learning the basic skills of compassionate communication, church leaders can be empowered to transform, rather than merely manage, church conflict. ISBN: 978-0664238483 Westminster John Knox Press, Paperback, 184 pages, 6” x 9”.
The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry
Contemporary society is in crisis, its structures broken and people thirsty for true communion with the sacred and with one another. Although most U.S. congregations have small-group ministries to help address this “crisis of community,” too often these small groups fall far short of their potential. In this book Theresa Latini lays out both a theoretical groundwork and a practical guideline for successful small-group ministry. Examining the latest sociological research and the real-life practices of small groups in six congregations, she shows how well-developed groups — those with mission statements, leadership training, and solid organizational structure — can be a truly effective tool in the church’s work of transforming broken and shallow forms of community into life-giving, life-sustaining relationships with God and others. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6586-1 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Paperback, 256 pages, 6″ x 9″.