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Conflict Management Resource List

Enrichment Resources


Adams, Jay. 1986. Handbook of Church Discipline. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Augsburger, David W. 1981. Caring Enough To Forgive — Caring Enough To Not Forgive. Ventura Calif.: Regal Books.

Augsburger, David W. 1992. Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

Becker, Penny Edgell. 1999. Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Boers, Arthur Paul. 1999. Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses To Difficult Behavior. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Burgess, John P. 1998. Why Scripture Matters: Reading the Bible in a Time of Church Conflict. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

Bush, Robert A., and Joseph Folger. 1994. The Promise of Mediation: Responding To Conflict Through Empowerment and Recognition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cosgrove, Charles H., and Dennis D. Hatfield. 1994. Church Conflict: The Hidden Systems Behind the Fights. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

Day, Katie. 2001. Difficult Conversations: Taking Risks, Acting With Integrity. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Fisher, Roger, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton. 1991. Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. New York: Penguin Books.

Gangle, Kenneth O., and Samuel L. Canine. 1992. Communication and Conflict Management in Churches and Christian Organizations. Nashville: Broadman Press.

Halverstadt, Hugh F. 1991. Managing Church Conflict. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

Hatstead, Kenneth A. 1998. From Stuck To Unstuck: Overcoming Congregational Impasse. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Haugk, Kenneth C. 1988. Antagonists in the Church: How To Identify and Deal With Destructive Conflict. Minneapolis: Augsburg Books.

Hausken, Terje. 1992. Peacemaking: The Quiet Power: Conflict Resolution for Churches Through Mediation. West Concord, Minn.: CPI Publishing.

Hicks, H. Beecher, Jr. 1987. Preaching Through the Storm: Confirming the Power of Preaching in the Tempest of Church Conflict. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Hobgood, William C. 2001. Welcoming Resistance: A Path To Faithful Ministry. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Howe, Leroy. 2001. Angry People in the Pews: Managing Anger in the Church. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press.

Kotter, John P. 1996. Leading Change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Kottler, Jeffrey. 1994. Beyond Blame: A New Way of Resolving Conflicts in Relationships. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Leas, Speed, and Paul Kittlaus. 1973. Church Fights: Managing Conflict in the Local Church. Louisville: Westminster Press.

Leas, Speed. 1979. A Lay Person’s Guide To Conflict Management. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

______. 1980. Should the Pastor Be Fired? How To Deal Constructively With Clergy-lay Conflict. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

______. 1982. Leadership and Conflict. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

______. 1996. Moving Your Church through Conflict. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

______. 1997. Discover Your Conflict Management Style. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Lott, David B. 2001. Conflict Management in Congregations. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Malony, H. Newton. 1989. When Getting Along Seems Impossible: Straightforward Help To Reduce Conflict and Stress at Home, at Work and at Church. Grand Rapids: Revell.

Martin, Frank. 1995. War in the Pews: A Foxhole Guide To Surviving Church Conflict. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

McIntosh, Gary L., and Robert L. Edmondson. 1998. It Only Hurts on Monday. Why Pastors Quit and What You Can Do About It. Saint Charles, Ill.: Churchsmart Resources.

McIntyre, Valerie J. 1999. Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing: How Unseen Need Destroys Friendship and Community and What To Do About It. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Moeller, Robert. 1994. Love in Action: Healing Conflict in Your Church. Sisters, Ore.: Multnomah.

Oates, Wayne E. 1994. The Care of Troublesome People. Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute.

Patton, John. 1985. Is Human Forgiveness Possible: A Pastoral Care Perspective. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

Peters, Dave. 1997. Surviving Church Conflict. Waterloo, Ont.: Herald Press.

Phelps, Joseph. 1998. More Light, Less Heat: How Dialogue Can Transform Christian Conflicts Into Growth. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Portaro, Sam Anthony. 1996. Conflict and a Christian Life. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications.

Preston, Gary D. 1999. Character Forged From Conflict. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers.

Rediger, G. Lloyd. 1997. Clergy Killers: Guidance for Pastors and Congregations Under Attack. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

Sande, Ken. 1997. The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide To Resolving Personal Conflict. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Shelly, Marshall. 1997. Leading Your Church Through Conflict and Reconciliation: 30 Strategies To Transform Your Ministry. Minneapolis: Bethany House.

Shelly, Marshall. 1994 Well-Intentioned Dragons: Ministering To Problem People in the Church. Minneapolis: Bethany House.

Slaikeu, Karl A. 1995. When Push Comes To Shove: A Practical Guide To Mediating Disputes. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Smedes, Lewis B. 1984. Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve. New York: HarperCollins.

Stone, Douglas, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen. 1999. Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most. New York: Penguin Books.

Susek, Ron. 1999. Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Thomas, Marlin E. 1994. Resolving Disputes in Christian Groups. Winnipeg, Can.: Windflower Communications.

Torrance, Thomas F. 1996. Conflict and Agreement in the Church. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock Publishers.

Ury, William L. 1993. Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way From Confrontation To Cooperation. New York: Bantam Doubleday.


London, H.B. 2000. “Pastor To Pastor,” Resolving Conflict in the Church, Vol. 9. Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family. Audio Cassette Series, 2 cassettes.

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