Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion & Care

by Tara Klena Barthel / David V. Edling

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Retail: $16.95
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Pub Date: May 2016
ISBN: 9781619708105
ISBN-13: 9781619708105
Item Number: 708105
Categories: Pastoral Helps; Christian Living

Product Description

This book offers practical advice on how to resolve conflict and deal with crisis within the church.

In this hope-filled and practical book, two church conflict resolution experts take you through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to provide a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation.
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.


“I pray that you will study this book carefully and apply its principles in your church with the love and power of Christ. In doing so you can redeem church conflict, turning it into an opportunity for growth, worship, and kingdom expansion.”
— Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministries, author of The Peacemaker

“Church conflict hurts, divides, and besmirches the name of Christ. This volume does more than lament the problem. It digs deeply into the experience of the New Testament church to discover a model of forgiveness and redemption that can help the witness of the church to shine once again.”
—Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, General Editor of Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“Tara and David’s guiding concept of ‘responding redemptively’ deeply resonates with me. I’m encouraged and equipped, as I believe you will be, by their practical, scriptural wisdom, applicable to any church conflict.”
—Bob Kellemen, Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, Author of Equipping Counselors for Your Church

Author Bios

Tara Klena Barthel, a former attorney and Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, currently serves as a Christian mediator and homemaker, while writing, speaking, and attending seminary. Tara is the author of the Living the Gospel in Relationships video series and coauthor of Peacemaking Women.

David V. Edling is a retired attorney who, after seminary, served as a pastor and then as the Director of Church Relations at Peacemaker Ministries. As a Christian conciliator, Dave has extensive experience working with churches facing serious legal and relational conflicts, and he has assisted thousands of conflicted Christians from almost every denomination.