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Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal with Destructive Conflict [Paperback]

Kenneth C. Haugk
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1 Jan 1991
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 congregation's mission and ministry. In this balanced and practical book, Kenneth Haugk shows how congregational leaders can learn to prevent or reduce much of the pain and suffering caused by antagonism; tell the difference between constructive, healthy conflict and destructive antagonism; and cope with antagonism when it arises.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress (1 Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806623101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806623108
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Church Leader - Buy it 5 May 2006
This book is readable, helpful and informative. Chapters are not long meaning you can dip in quicklyu when life is busy.

I really wish I had bought this book sixteen years ago when I first went into Ministry. It would have helped me to avoid pitfalls, dealing with people and when to recognise the person you are dealing with is an antagonist.

Before you appoint anyone to leadership in your church, before you read another book, READ THIS BOOK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend Reading this Book Before It Is Too Late 6 Dec 1999
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Extremely brilliant insight into churches which have experienced more than just the ordinary conflicts. Recommended reading for clergy or staff before they encounter the practiced antagonist. Highly as a must for District Superintendents or others in charge of a large number of clergy. Often times these leaders are the last to understand the evil which can lurk inside a congregation. May alert them to the real difficulties encountered especially by entrance-level clergy before they are overcome by those who would rather see them fail than to succeed. Extremely important insight as to how dealing with the true antagonist differs from developing relationships with the average parishoner. The insights shared in this book may save a clergy, if not the congregation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't they teach this in seminary? 30 Mar 2000
By John Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
Several years ago, we found this book to be an incredibly important tool in riding the waves of congregational conflict. This book realistically addresses issues that few are ever taught in seminary. Book is great on boundaries, strategires, etc. probably best for protestant, Anglican, and non denominational churches. This book should be required reading for all clergy.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prevention and protection for "no-win" church conflicts 1 Aug 1997
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Those in church leadership need Haugk's insights if only to be sensitized to walking time-bombs in the church. By their very vocation, church leaders can be so tolerant of problem people, they miss the warning signs that can spell personal and corporate disaster. Those who have suffered through a church disaster can benefit from the answers Haugk provides, and even grow (and heal) from his shared experience from others who have been blown away by interpersonal crises
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for clergy and lay leaders 23 Jun 2000
By C. L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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 encounters in church work. I only wish I had read it before I made many of the mistakes the author warns against. However, now I am prepared for the next attack of the ever present antagonist, thanks to Dr. Haugk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pragmatic guide to dealing with antagonist. 7 Aug 1999
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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. His style is easy to follow by non-psychologists, never reverting to the pretentious cover of esoteric language. Facts and conclusions are presented clearly and distinctly. You are guided to a course of action that you can control.
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