The Peacemaking Church
8 Biblical Keys to Resolve Conflict and Preserve Unity
Practical tools for the proactive pursuit of unity in your church
When human beings are involved in any endeavor, conflict is inevitable. But the best fight is the one a church never has to have because its members have been intentionally cultivating practices that lead to peace and preserve unity. Whether dealing with conflict right now or hoping to prevent it later, you will find that the proactive approach to peacemaking outlined in this book will equip you with the knowledge and practices you need to instill in your church leadership and membership.
"Curt is adept at identifying and applying Scripture in winsome and practical ways to the many types of tensions and conflicts that plague human relationships, especially in the church."--from the foreword by Ken Sande, founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360
"Exactly what Christians need to stop fighting one another and instead turn their attention toward fighting to protect the peace and purity of the church. If you are exhausted from the devastation of church conflict, you will be refreshed. If you are discouraged, you will find hope."--Tara Barthel, attorney, mediator, and author/coauthor of Redeeming Church Conflicts, Peacemaking Women, and Living the Gospel in Relationships
"Don't miss this beautifully woven, transparent, amazing, and providential journey of grace! You and your church will be better prepared for the uncertain future we all face in a world and culture that seek anything but unity."--David V. Edling, coauthor of Redeeming Church Conflicts
Curtis Heffelfinger has served in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years. He has written for Tabletalk magazine and served on the steering committee for the Orlando chapter of the Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Jan, are the parents of six children and have nine grandchildren.
"As you'll see throughout this book, Curt is adept at identifying and applying Scripture in winsome and practical ways to the many types of tensions and conflicts that plague human relationships, especially in the church. Most importantly, Curt loves the gospel of Christ and realizes that it provides the motive, the method, and the power for peacemaking."
from the foreword by Ken Sande, founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360
"Thanks to the wise and winsome application of biblical truth and practical help, The Peacemaking Church provides exactly what Christians need to stop fighting one another and instead turn their attention toward fighting to protect the peace and purity of the church. If you are exhausted from the devastation of church conflict, you will be refreshed. If you are discouraged, you will find hope."
Tara Barthel, attorney, mediator, and author/coauthor of Redeeming Church Conflicts, Peacemaking Women, and Living the Gospel in Relationships
"Don't miss this beautifully woven, transparent, amazing providential journey of grace! You and your church will be better prepared for the uncertain future we all face in a world and culture that seeks anything but unity."
David V. Edling, former director of church relations and senior ministry consultant to Reformed and Presbyterian churches at Peacemaker Ministries and coauthor of Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care
"Out of the pain of church conflict comes a refreshingly biblical and practical guide for building peace, resolving conflict, and preserving unity in the body of Christ. Curtis Heffelfinger has taken a wealth of real world experience and deep understanding of biblical truth to craft eight keys for unlocking the chaos of church conflict and laying a foundation of godly peacemaking. Get this book!"
Rev. Dr. Alfred Poirier, author of The Peacemaking Pastor
"Now here's a topic too often overlooked but never taken for granted by healthy churches. The honesty and biblical wisdom shared by Curtis Heffelfinger will do great good in any church willing to walk this path of grace and peace."
Collin Hansen, editorial director of the Gospel Coalition and author of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commission Church
"Curtis Heffelfinger offers biblical help and counsel here. Pastors and church leaders will be instructed and edified as they think through his exposition and reflect on its application in their own local churches."
Ligon Duncan, PhD, chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary
"I am grateful for Curt's timely and winsome book. Churches that lack a vision for peacemaking will find this book inspirational. Peacemakers seeking practical help on how to lead churches through conflict will find it rich with wisdom and guidance. I highly recommend church leaders read this gem and get a copy into the hands of their ministry team members as soon as possible. The best conflicts are the ones prevented by embracing and applying the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Judy Dabler, president of Creative Conciliation
"Pastor Curt casts a vision for every church to become a true peacemaking church. This book is a refreshing personal testimony about how to resolve conflict in a biblically faithful manner and love others as Jesus loves us. A compelling case about how the peace of Christ intercepts every dispute and unifies with compassion rather than dividing with controversy. I didn't want to put it down!"
Judy Steidl, COO, ICC Peace
"In his new book, Curt Heffelfinger (aka 'Pastor Curt' or 'PC') delivers a cornucopia of rich peacemaking produce cultivated over decades of life as a son, husband, dad, and pastor. Pastors, church leaders, church members, and believers of all stripes will benefit from reading it. Putting its eight biblical keys into practice will inevitably lead to a harvest of peace. This book, as with PC's life, has taught me much. It prompted a very healthy self-examination, one we all need regularly if we want to be agents of peace and unity within the relational matrices of our lives."
David A. Sims, JD PhD, conciliator, financial adviser, attorney, and author of The Child in American Evangelicalism and The Problem of Affluence: A Theological Anthropology of the Affluent American Evangelical Child in Late Modernity
"Curt humbly springs from his own pastoring experience to call all of us to, as Paul instructs, 'maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.' We are to live--and walk and worship--together in love, humility, gentleness, and patience. With vivid storytelling, Curt demonstrates how making these choices in all our relationships and in our churches can bring us together in healing, respect, and kindness. And thus reflect to our broken world a true image of our Savior."
Judy Douglass, writer, speaker, encourager, and director of Women's Resources, Cru
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