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

by David R. Brubaker. Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.
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Congregations and congregational leaders interested in understanding the genesis and impact of change and conflict within their communities will benefit from the research of David Brubaker, Associate Professor at Eastern Mennonite University, reported and analyzed in this book published by Alban Institute. From a systems perspective, Brubaker addresses structure and power, worship as an expression of congregational culture, leadership, and change and conflict. Each of these topics is discussed with an emphasis on organizational theory, grounded in surveys and interviews with real-world, contemporary congregations. He makes suggestions for what congregations can do once they have a stronger understanding of change and conflict in their particular setting, and he includes the statistical tools he has used, with an appendix on forming a reference committee in a congregation.