Do you know how you tend to handle conflict? Do you meet it head-on, or do you slip out of sight-quickly-when tempers and voices begin to rise? Do you know the best course of action to take when conflict arises? Former Alban Institute consultant Speed Leas knows all about conflict, having spent many years working with congregations in conflict and writing numerous books and articles on different dimensions and aspects of the subject. Leas work is in its second edition, and it is a classic. The self-test helps readers become aware of their own behavioral tendencies when conflict arises in a congregation. But Leas doesn’t stop with self-awareness. He also discusses conflict as an event, offers options for responding to conflict, and provides pathways for resolution. This resource is for staff, laity, judicatory leaders, and anyone who wants to understand congregational conflict and their own response to it.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover