Redeeming Church Conflicts

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-01
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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Every church will experience conflicts. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth for both individuals and entire churches. Redeeming church conflicts-making something glorious out of something painful-provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.

Author Biography

Tara Klena Barthel is a former attorney and director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries. She is an instructor and Certified Christian Conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries, a women's retreat speaker, and the author of the Peacemaker Women's Study Living the Gospel in Relationships. David V. Edling is a former attorney and director at Peacemaker Ministries. He has taught at several seminaries and served his country with distinction in both the US Navy and US Coast Guard officer corps. He serves in the private practice of Christian conciliation through his church's reconciliation ministry.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
The Case Study That Still Shocks Usp. 13
An Important Theological Notep. 19
Perspective: Acts 15:2-4p. 23
When Sharp Disputes Begin in the Churchp. 29
Seeking the Wisdom of Others-Is That Wise?p. 39
Eternity Makes a Differencep. 50
Actions, Desires, and Beliefsp. 59
Discernment: Acts 15:5-7p. 71
Much Discussion and Debatep. 77
Asking Best (Not Just Right) Questionsp. 88
Working with Church Groupsp. 97
Moving from Spiritual Blindness to Sightp. 107
Leadership: Acts 15:7-35p. 117
Christian Duty within the Churchp. 123
Shepherd-Leadershipp. 134
Biblical Followershipp. 147
Accountability We Should Cherishp. 155
Biblical Response: Acts 15:11, 16-18p. 167
How Can I Glorify God in This Mess?p. 175
Owning My Contribution to Conflictp. 185
Speaking the Truth in Lovep. 196
Forgive as Christ Forgivesp. 207
Conclusion The End of Church Conflict Is Never the End: Acts 15:36-41p. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
A Summary of the Acts 15 Model for Redeeming Church Conflictsp. 229
Selecting an Outside Third-Party Church Conflict Consultantp. 233
Notesp. 241
Scripture Indexp. 245
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