Cut the blue wire : defusing tension in a United Methodist local congregation amidst denominational turmoil

Full Title
Cut the blue wire : defusing tension in a United Methodist local congregation amidst denominational turmoil
Author
Donald W. Kuntz
Abstract
"Specific practices reduced anxiety in a local congregation, even while the denomination was in turmoil. Field observation, brief questionnaires, and small group conversations revealed reduced anxiety following these interventions. Reflections were informed by a study of the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. Descriptions, acknowledgement and acceptance of clergy anxiety led to lower anxiety thus benefitting the congregation. Traditional practices including prayer, hymn-singing, and book study focused congregational energy and reduced anxiety. Appropriate use of gentle humor, learning about diversity, and appreciating diversity, reduced tension, thus defusing situations before they could explode. These interventions created a new atmosphere where independent thinking and lively conversation allowed for increased compassion in a church where diversity is welcomed and embraced." -- Leaf [2].
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Lovett Weems
Language
English
Date
2020
Number of Pages
77
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