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Antagonists in the Church [Paperback]

By Kenneth Haugk (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1988
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0806623101  
EAN  9780806623108  


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ANTAGONISTS IN THE CHURCH Who are antagonists? "Antagonists are individuals who on the basis of nonsubstantive evidence, go out of their way to make insatiable demands, usually attacking the person or performance of others. These attacks are selfish in nature, tearing down rather than building up, and are frequently directed against those in a leadership capacity."-Kenneth C. Haugk Antagonism exists in the church. It leaves in its wake broken lives: people who are hurt, discouraged, and apathetic. Although only a very few persons are antagonists, these individuals have the potential to disrupt and even destroy a congregation's mission and ministry. In this balanced and practical book, Kenneth Haugk shows how congregational leaders can learn to prevent or reduce much of the pain and suffering caused by antagonism; tell the difference between constructive, healthy conflict and destructive antagonism; and cope with antagonism when it arises.

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Antagonism exists in the church. It leaves in its wake broken lives: people who are hurt, discouraged, and apathetic. Although only a very few persons are antagonists, these individuals have the potential to disrupt and even destroy a congregation's mission and ministry. In this balanced and practical book, Kenneth Haugk shows how congregational leaders can learn to prevent or reduce much of the pain and suffering caused by antagonism; tell the difference between constructive, healthy conflict and destructive antagonism; and cope with antagonism when it arises.

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Why wasn't this taught in divinity school  Dec 22, 2006
For a church that is in conflict, this book will help keep you sane.
 
Must read  Jul 8, 2006
I found this book to be very enlightening in dealing with antagonism in the church. It is well organized and well written and very informative. I am having my elders read the book so that they can understand the dynamics behind conflict and how to deal with it. I wish I would have read it years ago before some of the church discipline issues we have had to deal with already. Many of those issues could have been avoided.

Frank
 
Antagonists would act this way with anyone - even Christ Himself!  Feb 4, 2006
No one who has had to personally dealt with antagonistic individuals in a church setting or watched the damage such people can create will be able read Kenneth Haugk's book with anything less that a sigh of relief in realizing that such people are not reacting to some failure in your Christian conduct, but would act this ways with anyone.

The author provide excellent material and explainations for why these type of people must be meet with opposition from the entire body of the congergation and not just the pastor and church board members. This advise run contrary to the way most churches try and handle conflict doing their utmost to avoid involving the entire congergation and yet the method of involving limited personel leaves the congergations at risk and unwittingly plays into the hands of the antagonist who has no concern like you do about trying to protect the weak and nieve, indeed the antagonist has no qualms about recruiting just such ones as followers. In the author's words, "Turning the other cheek and letting the antogonist continue to behave disruptively is the wide and easy road that leads to destruction."

My only real complaint is that the examples were mostly of congergational members being antagonistic. This is understandable as it is the most common situation, but dealing with an associate minister who was antagonistic it would have been nice to have a little more informations on leaders who become antagonistic.

Most useful were sections on how to conduct interviews with antagonists. using authority, documentation, and to leave or not to leave.

If you have ever had to deal with antagonists you are going to wish you'd had this book. If you are dealing with antagonists, you NEED the book. Finally if you are a minister or church leader, board member, etc. and haven't had to face an antagonist, praise God for his mercy and read this book so you can be prepared for what's coming. Rare is the minister or church that escapes them and blessed is the church whom's leaders and members are prepared to effectively deal with it.

 
Helps you keep your sanity when undermined  Jan 6, 2006
I attended an outreach conference. This book was the first to sell out on the book table. Pastors think they are called to keep everyone happy. They have no idea about dysfunctional antagonists who first put you on a pedestal and then tear you down later when you somehow fail them and their agendae. Haugk counsels church leaders not to be paranoid, but to trust their sixth sense, too. Chapters four and five on the makeup and modus operandi of the antagonist are the key portion of the book. Sadly, antagonists, or potential antagonists, exist in every congregation. While this book will help you understand what is happening, it may not enable you to counter the destructive actions of that antagonist entirely. There is not always a happy ending.
 
Proactive Prescriptions  Dec 30, 2005
"Antagonists in the Church" is one of the best books on the topic. As the subtitle suggests, Haugk helps readers to distiguish between constructive criticism and down-right destructive conflict. He then suggests biblical, practical, and relational methods for proactively, and when necessary, reactively responsding. Every pastor and church board should own and use this book.

Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
 

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