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Navigating the Nonsense: Church Conflict and Triangulation

Paperback |English |1498228526 | 9781498228527

Navigating the Nonsense: Church Conflict and Triangulation

Paperback |English |1498228526 | 9781498228527
Overview

Navigating the Nonsense will change the way your church approaches conflict and communication. It will unlock the untapped potential that exists in your church. It is a book for clergy and lay leaders. It is for churches tired of getting a new pastor every four years. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict may derail the effectiveness of their ministry. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict with a small group of people may lead to an early departure from their pastorate. It is for church leaders who want to find ways to protect their pastors from disgruntled members. It is for leadership teams and boards that feel their ministries are frozen in place or in a permanent state of decline. It is for those who believe the church cannot focus on ministry if it is bound up by so much conflict. It is for anyone who is tired of feeling frustrated and wants their church to become more centrally focused on Jesus and his way of doing things. ""The idea of 'triangulation' belongs in every leader's toolbox. Now Doug Bixby has given us the field manual we need to understand and use this concept well. Full of biblical and true-to-life contemporary stories from a pastor's life, Navigating the Nonsense will help clergy and lay leaders to do just what the title promises."" --Dan Hotchkiss, Consultant (www.danhotchkiss.com); Author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership ""Doug Bixby engages the pastoral tone of Peterson and the family systems of Friedman to give us a practical book that navigates the painful and often unnecessary conflicts so many pastors and congregations experience. Bixby invites us into conversations with his friends, colleagues, clients, and congregants to help us see the practical benefits of communicating directly and speaking honestly in times of conflict. Navigating the Nonsense flows out of Bixby's pastoral wisdom to live honestly and directly with the congregations he serves. This is an excellent book for novice and seasoned pastors and church leaders."" --Kyle J. A. Small, Dean of Formation for Ministry; Associate Professor for Church Leadership, Western Theological Seminary ""Navigating the Nonsense belongs on the reading list of every pastor or church leader who desires to assist in successfully navigating a congregation through the challenges of a transition. For any pastor or leader who must lead in times of transition and change, Navigating the Nonsense is a must-read!"" --D. Darrell Griffin, Oakdale Covenant Church of Chicago ""Doug Bixby has done it again. Speaking from a heart of deep pastoral wisdom and experience, he offers timely insight into the arena of conflict transformation in the local church. The call for direct communication and the ending of triangulation in communication patterns, if practiced rigorously and consistently, will change the culture of the local church, moving it towards health and greater missional endeavor. The book does not promise smooth sailing--conflict is normative--but it does give essential navigational aids for most seasons and settings of congregational life."" --David Kersten, Dean, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago Doug Bixby is a senior pastor, conference speaker, and church consultant. He is also the author of The Honest to God Church: A Pathway to God's Grace and Challenging the Church Monster: From Conflict to Community.
ISBN: 1498228526
ISBN13: 9781498228527
Author: Doug Bixby
Publisher: Cascade Books
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2016-04-08
Language: English
PageCount: 126
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.32 x 9.0 inches
Weight: 14.08 ounces

Navigating the Nonsense will change the way your church approaches conflict and communication. It will unlock the untapped potential that exists in your church. It is a book for clergy and lay leaders. It is for churches tired of getting a new pastor every four years. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict may derail the effectiveness of their ministry. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict with a small group of people may lead to an early departure from their pastorate. It is for church leaders who want to find ways to protect their pastors from disgruntled members. It is for leadership teams and boards that feel their ministries are frozen in place or in a permanent state of decline. It is for those who believe the church cannot focus on ministry if it is bound up by so much conflict. It is for anyone who is tired of feeling frustrated and wants their church to become more centrally focused on Jesus and his way of doing things. ""The idea of 'triangulation' belongs in every leader's toolbox. Now Doug Bixby has given us the field manual we need to understand and use this concept well. Full of biblical and true-to-life contemporary stories from a pastor's life, Navigating the Nonsense will help clergy and lay leaders to do just what the title promises."" --Dan Hotchkiss, Consultant (www.danhotchkiss.com); Author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership ""Doug Bixby engages the pastoral tone of Peterson and the family systems of Friedman to give us a practical book that navigates the painful and often unnecessary conflicts so many pastors and congregations experience. Bixby invites us into conversations with his friends, colleagues, clients, and congregants to help us see the practical benefits of communicating directly and speaking honestly in times of conflict. Navigating the Nonsense flows out of Bixby's pastoral wisdom to live honestly and directly with the congregations he serves. This is an excellent book for novice and seasoned pastors and church leaders."" --Kyle J. A. Small, Dean of Formation for Ministry; Associate Professor for Church Leadership, Western Theological Seminary ""Navigating the Nonsense belongs on the reading list of every pastor or church leader who desires to assist in successfully navigating a congregation through the challenges of a transition. For any pastor or leader who must lead in times of transition and change, Navigating the Nonsense is a must-read!"" --D. Darrell Griffin, Oakdale Covenant Church of Chicago ""Doug Bixby has done it again. Speaking from a heart of deep pastoral wisdom and experience, he offers timely insight into the arena of conflict transformation in the local church. The call for direct communication and the ending of triangulation in communication patterns, if practiced rigorously and consistently, will change the culture of the local church, moving it towards health and greater missional endeavor. The book does not promise smooth sailing--conflict is normative--but it does give essential navigational aids for most seasons and settings of congregational life."" --David Kersten, Dean, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago Doug Bixby is a senior pastor, conference speaker, and church consultant. He is also the author of The Honest to God Church: A Pathway to God's Grace and Challenging the Church Monster: From Conflict to Community.

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Overview

Navigating the Nonsense will change the way your church approaches conflict and communication. It will unlock the untapped potential that exists in your church. It is a book for clergy and lay leaders. It is for churches tired of getting a new pastor every four years. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict may derail the effectiveness of their ministry. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict with a small group of people may lead to an early departure from their pastorate. It is for church leaders who want to find ways to protect their pastors from disgruntled members. It is for leadership teams and boards that feel their ministries are frozen in place or in a permanent state of decline. It is for those who believe the church cannot focus on ministry if it is bound up by so much conflict. It is for anyone who is tired of feeling frustrated and wants their church to become more centrally focused on Jesus and his way of doing things. ""The idea of 'triangulation' belongs in every leader's toolbox. Now Doug Bixby has given us the field manual we need to understand and use this concept well. Full of biblical and true-to-life contemporary stories from a pastor's life, Navigating the Nonsense will help clergy and lay leaders to do just what the title promises."" --Dan Hotchkiss, Consultant (www.danhotchkiss.com); Author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership ""Doug Bixby engages the pastoral tone of Peterson and the family systems of Friedman to give us a practical book that navigates the painful and often unnecessary conflicts so many pastors and congregations experience. Bixby invites us into conversations with his friends, colleagues, clients, and congregants to help us see the practical benefits of communicating directly and speaking honestly in times of conflict. Navigating the Nonsense flows out of Bixby's pastoral wisdom to live honestly and directly with the congregations he serves. This is an excellent book for novice and seasoned pastors and church leaders."" --Kyle J. A. Small, Dean of Formation for Ministry; Associate Professor for Church Leadership, Western Theological Seminary ""Navigating the Nonsense belongs on the reading list of every pastor or church leader who desires to assist in successfully navigating a congregation through the challenges of a transition. For any pastor or leader who must lead in times of transition and change, Navigating the Nonsense is a must-read!"" --D. Darrell Griffin, Oakdale Covenant Church of Chicago ""Doug Bixby has done it again. Speaking from a heart of deep pastoral wisdom and experience, he offers timely insight into the arena of conflict transformation in the local church. The call for direct communication and the ending of triangulation in communication patterns, if practiced rigorously and consistently, will change the culture of the local church, moving it towards health and greater missional endeavor. The book does not promise smooth sailing--conflict is normative--but it does give essential navigational aids for most seasons and settings of congregational life."" --David Kersten, Dean, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago Doug Bixby is a senior pastor, conference speaker, and church consultant. He is also the author of The Honest to God Church: A Pathway to God's Grace and Challenging the Church Monster: From Conflict to Community.
ISBN: 1498228526
ISBN13: 9781498228527
Author: Doug Bixby
Publisher: Cascade Books
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2016-04-08
Language: English
PageCount: 126
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.32 x 9.0 inches
Weight: 14.08 ounces

Navigating the Nonsense will change the way your church approaches conflict and communication. It will unlock the untapped potential that exists in your church. It is a book for clergy and lay leaders. It is for churches tired of getting a new pastor every four years. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict may derail the effectiveness of their ministry. It is for pastors who are afraid conflict with a small group of people may lead to an early departure from their pastorate. It is for church leaders who want to find ways to protect their pastors from disgruntled members. It is for leadership teams and boards that feel their ministries are frozen in place or in a permanent state of decline. It is for those who believe the church cannot focus on ministry if it is bound up by so much conflict. It is for anyone who is tired of feeling frustrated and wants their church to become more centrally focused on Jesus and his way of doing things. ""The idea of 'triangulation' belongs in every leader's toolbox. Now Doug Bixby has given us the field manual we need to understand and use this concept well. Full of biblical and true-to-life contemporary stories from a pastor's life, Navigating the Nonsense will help clergy and lay leaders to do just what the title promises."" --Dan Hotchkiss, Consultant (www.danhotchkiss.com); Author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership ""Doug Bixby engages the pastoral tone of Peterson and the family systems of Friedman to give us a practical book that navigates the painful and often unnecessary conflicts so many pastors and congregations experience. Bixby invites us into conversations with his friends, colleagues, clients, and congregants to help us see the practical benefits of communicating directly and speaking honestly in times of conflict. Navigating the Nonsense flows out of Bixby's pastoral wisdom to live honestly and directly with the congregations he serves. This is an excellent book for novice and seasoned pastors and church leaders."" --Kyle J. A. Small, Dean of Formation for Ministry; Associate Professor for Church Leadership, Western Theological Seminary ""Navigating the Nonsense belongs on the reading list of every pastor or church leader who desires to assist in successfully navigating a congregation through the challenges of a transition. For any pastor or leader who must lead in times of transition and change, Navigating the Nonsense is a must-read!"" --D. Darrell Griffin, Oakdale Covenant Church of Chicago ""Doug Bixby has done it again. Speaking from a heart of deep pastoral wisdom and experience, he offers timely insight into the arena of conflict transformation in the local church. The call for direct communication and the ending of triangulation in communication patterns, if practiced rigorously and consistently, will change the culture of the local church, moving it towards health and greater missional endeavor. The book does not promise smooth sailing--conflict is normative--but it does give essential navigational aids for most seasons and settings of congregational life."" --David Kersten, Dean, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago Doug Bixby is a senior pastor, conference speaker, and church consultant. He is also the author of The Honest to God Church: A Pathway to God's Grace and Challenging the Church Monster: From Conflict to Community.

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  • Used - Acceptable: All pages and the cover are intact, but shrink wrap, dust covers, or boxed set case may be missing. Pages may include limited notes, highlighting, or minor water damage but the text is readable. Item may but the dust cover may be missing. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting, but the text cannot be obscured or unreadable.

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  • Packages are shipped from Monday to Friday.
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Estimated delivery times:

  • Standard Shipping: 5-8 business days
  • Expedited Shipping: 3-5 business days

Shipping method varies depending on what is being shipped.  

Tracking
All orders are shipped with a tracking number. Once your order has left our warehouse, a confirmation e-mail with a tracking number will be sent to you. You will be able to track your package at all times. 

Damaged Parcel
If your package has been delivered in a PO Box, please note that we are not responsible for any damage that may result (consequences of extreme temperatures, theft, etc.). 

If you have any questions regarding shipping or want to know about the status of an order, please contact us or email to support@stevensbooks.com.

You may return most items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Several types of goods are exempt from being returned. Perishable goods such as food, flowers, newspapers or magazines cannot be returned. We also do not accept products that are intimate or sanitary goods, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids or gases.

Additional non-returnable items:

  • Gift cards
  • Downloadable software products
  • Some health and personal care items

To complete your return, we require a tracking number, which shows the items which you already returned to us.
There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable)

  • Book with obvious signs of use
  • CD, DVD, VHS tape, software, video game, cassette tape, or vinyl record that has been opened
  • Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
  • Any item that is returned more than 30 days after delivery

Items returned to us as a result of our error will receive a full refund,some returns may be subject to a restocking fee of 7% of the total item price, please contact a customer care team member to see if your return is subject. Returns that arrived on time and were as described are subject to a restocking fee.

Items returned to us that were not the result of our error, including items returned to us due to an invalid or incomplete address, will be refunded the original item price less our standard restocking fees.

If the item is returned to us for any of the following reasons, a 15% restocking fee will be applied to your refund total and you will be asked to pay for return shipping:

  • Item(s) no longer needed or wanted.
  • Item(s) returned to us due to an invalid or incomplete address.
  • Item(s) returned to us that were not a result of our error.

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, please Contact Us with your order number and details about the product you would like to return. We will respond quickly with instructions for how to return items from your order.


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