Antagonism exists in the church. It leaves in its wake broken lives: people who are hurt, discouraged, and apathetic. Although only a very few persons are antagonists, these individuals have the potential to disrupt and even destroy a congregations mission and ministry.
Who are Antagonists?
Antagonists are individuals who on the basis of nonsubstantive evidence, go out of their way to make insatiable demands, usually attacking the person or performance of others. These attacks are selfish in nature, tearing down rather than building up, and are frequently directed against those in a leadership capacity.
-Kenneth C. Haugk
Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., pastor and clinical psychologist, is founder of the Stephen Series system of lay caring ministry. He is executive director of Stephen Ministries, a transdenominational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr Haugk is the author of the best-selling book CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING-A WAY OF LIFE, and is an active speaker and consultant on such topics as spiritual gifts, inactive member ministry, and church and business antagonism.
As moderator of a church in crises, this book helped me keep perspective and sanity. Unwillingness to believe that evil or intentionally hurtful people are in many, if not all... Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Patricia
Kenneth Haugk asserts there are antagonists in the church and outlines how to identify them. He attempts to apply psychological knowledge when he lists what he believes are the... Read morePublished on June 23 2002 by Margaret Jones Wandel
I've unfortunately had to put this into practice. Found it very useful, workable and comforting.
Aids in the identification, prevention and dealing with antagonists. Read more
Whether you are clergy or a lay person, this book is a must read. It is insightful and full of usefull suggestions for dealing with as well as explainations for the evil that one... Read morePublished on June 23 2000 by C. L. Phillips
Several years ago, we found this book to be an incredibly important tool in riding the waves of congregational conflict. Read morePublished on March 29 2000 by John Donnelly
Kenneth Haugk presents a difficault subject in an enticing manner. He leads you through a maze of difficulty to a solution that, though not easy, is achievable. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 1999