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Welcoming Resistance: A Path to Faithful Ministry
Resistance can be a sign of vitality, high quality, and faithful life in a congregation. It can also be a learning opportunity for congregational leaders who recognize the value of hearing from those who resist ministry initiatives, inviting their input and listening to their response. So argues Chris Hobgood, based on his research in eight congregations growing in their p ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 2001)
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The author's observations square with what one would expect working with congregations, making it fairly intuitive. Resistance in congregations is a mixed bag. On the one hand, and a major point of the book, it is important to find a mechanism to hear out what resisters have to say, again that goes without saying. On the other hand, resistance for resistance sake can be a significant problem from time to time in small or medium-small congregations. Too often there is the "we-never-did-it-this-wa ...more