Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations

by David R. Brubaker. Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.

This research-based book helps congregations understand the origins and impact of change within their community, emphasizing organizational theory, and contains suggestions on how to address change.


surveys and interviews with congregations, organizational theory, forming a reference committee, worship as an expression of culture

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of any faith tradition


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Address internal congregational change in a variety of settings by applying insight from interviews with real-world, contemporary congregations, drawing advice from their challenges and successes.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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