Hijacked: Responding to the Partisan Church Divide

by Mike Slaughter, Dr. Charles E. Gutenson. Abingdon Press, 2012.


These co-authors are not on the same side of politics, but they do agree that finding common ground in faith is more important than creating division through politics.


narrative of the Evangelical church, the logic of disagreement, theology and sociology, the role of the local church, committing to a way forward

Recommended Audience

Christian leaders grappling with political division in their congregations


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Practical Applications

  • Congregational leadership teams can read this together to learn how to better handle political issues in their community.
  • This could be recommended reading for an entire congregation to help with political division among the body.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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