Antagonists In The Church: How To Identify And Deal With Destructive Conflict Paperback – Jan 1988
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From the Publisher
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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
As I read this book I could identify in my minds eye various antagonist I have dealt with in twenty years of ministry. Although there has been only a handful of these difficult people, they have been very destructive of my ministry and family. If only I had this book back then! Anyone who has dealt with these people knows exactly what the author is taking about. This book is must reading for every pastor. I only wish that I read this book twenty years ago.
In the first place, the author is obviously the sort of Christian that anyone serious about any faith would count him/herself lucky to know. In the second place, the groups which I must deal with as a member of the Wiccan clergy have just as much trouble with antagonists as Christianity does -- and just as much trouble dealing with them.
Because I hope to see myself as an honorable person who is loving and caring, I found both the comfort and the active advice in this book welcome and most definitly helpful. I recommend it highly to anyone playing a leadership role in any religion.
Blessed Be Grey Cat High Priestess, NorthWind Tradition of American Wicca [...] [...] firstname.lastname@example.org
I had about an hour and a half to skim *Antagonists in the Church* and extract very useful information before going into a meeting with this person and another church leader. Though I didn't do the book full justice, I did find that the writing was clear, the information laid out helpfully and accessibly, and the content very germane to the context I was facing. I was able to go into that meeting with much more confidence and a much greater sense of how to conduct my own behavior when confronted with this church member's antagonism.
I find the book helpful in helping to define antagonistic behavior and to differentiate it from other kinds of conflict behavior.
I recommend it.
Most recent customer reviews
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