Thriving Through Ministry Conflict: A Parable of How Resistance Can Be Your Ally

by James P. Osterhaus, James M. Jurkowski, and others. Zondervan, 2010.

This book seeks to resolve conflict on an individual level, asserting that the only thing one can change is oneself; therefore it is essential to understand how one manages conflict.


personal exercises, discussion questions, technical vs. adaptive change

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Reflect on how you react to conflict by participating in response activities --- "The Problem is You, So Know Yourself", "Resistance is Your Ally", and "Adaptive Change".
  • Use conflict as a way to reach self-understanding, self-management, and as an opportunity to practice conflict managing skills.

About the Contributor

Wendy McCormick

Wendy McCormick is the Center for Congregations’ southwest Indiana director. She has an interest in congregational fundraising and stewardship, including planned giving.

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