Conflict management

Spiritual abuse in church leadership: finding a way through

Author
Stacey Davis-Agee
Abstract
Literature addresses how spiritual abuse manifests itself in the church, the impact on those wounded by the abuse, and how to find healing. This study was designed to explore how associate pastors experience restoration from spiritual abuse by a lead pastor. The study utilized a qualitative research method, semi-structured interviews with six pastors, and the constant comparative method to analyze the data. The research examined associate pastors' experiences of contentious relationships created by their lead pastors and their journey towards resolution. The study concluded that healing and recovery are possible with the support of safe individuals and when they learn language to identify and acknowledge their experiences.

探討保羅在哥林多教會的衝突處理與權柄建立:
榮耀神的教牧實踐
An exploration from the Corinthian church on conflict resolution and authority building:
A God-glorifying pastoral practice.

Author
MANJUNG ABRAHAM TSAI D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis explores the relationship of pastoral authority and conflict resolution in a way that will glorify God, along with the process of building up such pastoral authority. Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Church contain specific events that provide realistic and historical material on which to base theological concepts regarding the resolution of conflict and the exercise of pastoral authority. Therefore, the researcher utilizes the perspective of equal and unequal powers in an organizational structure to analyze the conflicts in the Corinthian church. The investigation of these Scriptures is based on the presupposition that pastoral authority in conflict resolution needs to attain a certain level of competency and practice in three specific fields: adhering to pure biblical positions, pursuing mature spiritual character, and possessing excellent leadership skills.

Impact study equipping congregational leadership with skills to preempt explosive conflict

Author
Sue Marie Baskette
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact congregational leadership in a group from southeast Pennsylvania through participation in a six-week small group experience to equip them with skills to preempt explosive conflict. The assessment of the project included the administration of both a pre-test and a post-test questionnaire. The goal with the highest results revealed an increased awareness of listening as an active form of communication. Increased awareness as to the role active listening plays in achieving successful outcomes was also noted. Additionally, the interconnectivity of successful listening with a moderate level of self-awareness was realized.

Equipping selected attendees of North Valley Church, Margaret, Alabama, with essential skills for resolving interpersonal conflict in the workplace

Author
Warren Crain
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected attendees of North Valley Church, Margaret, Alabama, with essential skills for resolving interpersonal conflict in the workplace. Project goals included researching the field of workplace conflict resolution and biblical texts to identify essential skills for resolving interpersonal conflict in the workplace. The project director developed a curriculum to equip selected attendees of North Valley Church with essential skills for resolving interpersonal conflict in the workplace. Professional goals for the project included increasing knowledge of workplace conflict resolution skills. The project director researched biblical texts and workplace conflict resolution skills. He selected seven essential skills for resolving conflict in the workplace. The project director developed a five-session curriculum and equipped selected attendees with skills for resolving interpersonal conflict in the workplace.

Preaching on controversial issues

Author
Alan J Momney
Abstract
The thesis of this paper is that preaching on controversial issues in Roman Catholic Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist is lacking, and can be assisted by insights from conflict management theory, and principles of coping with fear from the field of psychology. The thesis seeks to test out insights from these two fields with six preachers who were invited to preach at least one homily on a controversial issue. The result of the study revealed that the preachers were using the insights intuitively in an effective way, even though they were not able to recognize it in their own preaching.

Handling conflict as Moses did: a model for pastors facing conflict

Author
Gilbert M Allen
Abstract
This dissertation argues that Moses serves as a model that will guide and encourage contemporary pastors when facing conflict. This model is based on an exposition of 9 selected Old Testament scriptural texts, in which Moses faced conflict when leading the sons of Israel in the wilderness, using historical-grammatical analysis to determine each passage's meaning. The research revealed a distinct pattern of Moses's response to conflict and universal principles. From these, pastoral applications were drawn that together formed the basis for a contemporary model of 7 priorities to be implemented in a 4 step process.

From conflict to resolution: reconciliation and its application

Author
Yen Kuang Lee
Abstract
This paper expands on factors and models that seek ways to reach successful reconciliation in the Bible. The "Strong-side appeasement" and "Meditor reconciliation" methods presented are the most successful examples which correlate with "Kenosis" and "Mediator". The Almighty God humbled himself and sacrificed his son to embrace sinners who departed from God, and Jesus Christ restores peace as a mediator. This salvation demonstrates which sides, whether "rational", "wronged", or "greater", should take initiative and seek peace in order to help reach successful reconciliation. This way we can not only experience, but become a living testimony of salvation.

Surviving the pastoral ministry in an atmosphere of extreme congregational conflict

Author
Timothy J Rehwaldt
Abstract
This dissertation offers a study tool for pastors and congregations for the prevention of and survival in extreme congregational conflict. This goal was accomplished by pastors writing about the extreme conflicts which occurred in their congregations. A series of statements provided each pastor a framework for their story. These conflict stories were compiled into a study guide meant to help pastors and congregations discuss extreme conflict in a preventative manner. A laity group shared observations and reactions tot he conflict stories, providing for the reader how the stories of conflict were received by congregational members in a real ministry context.

The effect of an adopted and integrated PAUSE-biblical-negotiation process on disputable matters concerning a shared Sabbath morning worship service

Author
Jonathan P Michael
Abstract
This thesis follows a case study design and explores the effect of an adapted and integrated PAUSE-biblical-negotiation process using principles from Peacemaker Ministries to address disputable matters concerning a shared Sabbath morning worship service at the Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church. The researcher used biblical principles from Romans 14-16 to address the root problems of judging and despising. Though the church did not arrive at a loving corporate resolution within the three months of the project, the process helped to open communication and clarify the issues, positions, and underlying interests concerning the two disputable matters of drums and reverence/irreverence in the sanctuary.

Toward a theology of submission and obedience in missions

Author
Herbert F Lamp
Abstract
Followership has been a neglected area of modern church and missionary studies. Much damage is done to the cause of Christ by internal conflict over authority and submission issues, especially in the North American Protestant sending faith mission boards. This thesis seeks to lay out a beginning working biblical theology of followership. Its conclusion is that Christian believers are called more to followership than leadership and a proper understanding of submission and obedience can aid greatly in the worldwide spread of the gospel. The thesis argues that the development and implementation of a biblical theology of submission and obedience will result in healthier, more sustaining, and effective missionaries and ministries. To illustrate such a statement, it will look at the early Society of Jesus under St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Moravian Brethren at Herrnhut under Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf. Each will be explored as to their history, missionary movement and effectiveness, early documents, and spiritual practices. At the end of the study, ten recommendations will be presented to modern Protestant faith mission boards in order to help address the submission and authority issues they face.
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