Ron Susek has firsthand experience of the lasting effects of church controversy and has ministered to churches in turmoil. He traces the stages through which conflicts generally pass and provides practical suggestions for dealing with each phase. 252 pages, from...
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Ron Susek has firsthand experience of the lasting effects of church controversy and has ministered to churches in turmoil. He traces the stages through which conflicts generally pass and provides practical suggestions for dealing with each phase. 252 pages, from Baker.
Practical suggestions on how to avoid and overcome the destructive interpersonal conflicts many churches have experienced with leaders, members, and pastors.
"From his wide experience in ministry and his clear understanding of Scripture, Ron Susek tells today''s church who the real enemy is and how we can defeat him. Like John the Baptist, he gets to the root of church fights and splits, and his recommendations are biblical and doable. A courageous book that deserves wide distribution."--Warren W. Wiersbe, author and pastor"Simple mistakes, well-intentioned blunders, selfish ambition, power plays, dysfunctional ecclesiastical structures--from this volatile mix, firestorms can result. This book shows how firestorms may be prevented and how to recover from them."--Stuart Briscoe, senior pastor, Elmbrook Church"Ron Susek has one of the most fertile minds around. In Firestorm his writing is comprehensive and solidly scriptural. This book is not only needed but also essential, and it could not come at a better time. I wish it were required reading for every pastor and staff member in America, as well as for every deacon and elder. It is written with passion and precision, it has practical helps, and it will help your church avoid or recover from destructive division."--Vander Warner Jr., president, Home before Dark, Ltd."For many years I have respected, encouraged, and commended the preaching and counseling ministries of my colleague, Ron Susek. I am delighted that he has now distilled the wisdom and experience of his days in the ''trenches'' in his new book Firestorm. It is a masterpiece of pastoralia. For seminary students--and even senior pastors--this book gives lessons, warnings, and insights rarely found in literature of this kind. It is a must read, and I warmly commend it to my colleagues in the ministry."--Dr. Stephen F. Olford, founder and senior lecturer, The Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching"''Urgently needed'' is my first reaction. Ron Susek is not up in some ivory tower. His education as executive interim pastor in the middle of a local church firestorm put him on solid ground, right in the heat of the potentially destructive forces of conflict. Thanks, Ron; you''ve done a great service to the entire church."--David Mainse, Crossroads"It''s a clear-cut issue: Evangelicals must either discover the importance of the unity of the Spirit as commanded in Ephesians 4:3 or discover what it means to live without the backing of God. In Firestorm Ron Susek proves that we can even disagree agreeably. His book is a significant and much needed contribution!"--Dr. John DeBrine, Host of Songtime USA"Firestorm is a must read for every pastor in America today! Ron has over thirty years in ministry working with pastors and churches. This book will aid in resolving church conflicts in a biblical manner."--Dr. Jerry Falwell, Thomas Road Baptist Church"With literary skill, spiritual insight, godly wisdom, and genuine concern for the body of Christ, my good friend, Ron Susek, has produced in Firestorm a unique book. I warmly commend it to pastors, elders, deacons, and all involved in leadership of a local church. Here is a classic work born out of firsthand observation and experience. It offers practical solutions to perennial problems which surface in any congregation of God''s people. To be forewarned is to be forearmed!"--Rev. Keith Skelton, senior pastor, The Open Door Church, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania"Ron Susek has written a most informative and helpful manual for pastors and church leaders. Because of its honesty, compassion, and authenticity, it is far above the level of other books dealing with the same issues. Leaders and nonleaders alike will greatly benefit from reading this detailed study of tensions, frictions, and devastations sometimes found in the Christian church, and they will learn how to overcome them."--Dr. Reinhold Kerstan, professor emeritus of preaching and communications, McMaster University"Some Christians believe that ''Onward Christian Soldiers'' is a battle cry that allows them to firebomb their own troops. When churches split, the cause of Christ is hindered and
Ron Susek is an ordained minister with the North American Baptist Conference. He has pastored three churches and is now director of the Susek Evangelistic Association in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Susek speaks extensively around the world and is the author of Seeing Is Not Believing and You Can Handle Stress.