Conflict Transformation



At Leadership Journal – Managing conflict (one of the most extensive sites for resources for Christian ministry. Focus is North American church but many principles also apply in cross-cultural settings — All annotations theirs)

6 Rules for a Fair Fight How to keep tension healthy. Leadership Journal, Spring 1998
A Crash Course in Conflict What your leaders need to know. by Gary Fenton Leadership Journal, Fall 1996
Back-seat Fighter Would I ever learn to keep my comments about church antagonists to myself?
By Nancy Nicewonger Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
Case Study: Trying the High Road When the conflict turns personal, does a pastor have a right to self-defense? Winter 2003
Change Makers What have you learned about bringing change to your church—and at what price? 5 leaders respond. Leadership Journal, Winter 2005
Confronting the Shameful How you should respond—legally and responsibly—when a staff member is accused of child molestation. by Mike Woodruff and Dennis Kasper Summer 2001
Creative Tensions Three inevitable conflicts will face every innovative leader. By Ed Young Leadership Journal, Winter 2005
Deciding Without Dividing How to keep tough choices from fracturing the church.
by Stephen Lim Leadership Journal, Spring 2001
Divorce Wars One couple’s breakup threatened my church’s unity and my sanity. by Dan Schaeffer
Spring 2002
Ghosts of Conflicts Past This church had been stalking its pastors for generations. Now it was time to stop. By Dan Cooley Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
Healing Underground Anger How one church untangled 22 years of bitter roots. by Kenneth Quick
Leadership Journal, Winter 1999
Keeping Conflict Healthy The Leadership Forum Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
Killer Church Fight After a lawsuit, a knife attack, and a tragic death, what good could come from this fatal conflict? by Mark Tabb Fall 2001
Leadership Surveys Church Conflict Bad news: 95% experience conflict. Good news: 94% report positive results. By Eric Reed Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
Making Changes without Getting People Steamed How to do what’s needed, yet keep the pressure low. by Larry W. Osborne Leadership Journal, Spring 1998
Mopping Up After Confrontation After our fight, Doug and his wife left the church. So why do I, and they, still care? by Clark Cothern Leadership Journal, Winter 2004
Navigational Errors A thriving church sank, not because it hit an iceberg, but because of six leadership mistakes afterward. [ Name Withheld ] Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
New Ideas, Old Church Five steps for giving change a chance. By Todd Pylant Leadership Journal, Winter 2005
One Small Step One giant lesson about introducing new ideas. by Gordon MacDonald Leadership Journal, Winter 2005
Organizational Pain Symptoms that your group isn’t functioning well—and treatments for the deeper problems. by Branimir Schubert Leadership Journal, Spring 2006
Pastor, I’m Offended The part of ministry I wasn’t prepared for. by Lanny Kilgore Leadership Journal, Spring 2000
Peacemakers Professional help for churches in conflict. by Marlin Thomas Leadership Journal, Spring 1998
Preacher in the Hands of an Angry Church Jonathan Edwards’s church kicked him out after 23 years of ministry, but the crisis proved his greatness was not merely intellectual. by Chris Armstrong Leadership Journal, Winter 2003
Resisting the Urge to Hit Back When revenge tempts you, here’s how to forgive completely.
by Gary D. Preston Leadership Journal, Spring 1998
Shielding Your Heart from Strife 5 ways to limit conflict’s impact on you. by Jock E. Ficken
Leadership Journal, Spring 1998
Six Steps to Settling Differences After two failed attempts, I asked a pro to lead the meeting. Here’s what he did. By Steve Larson Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
The Church of Cards When it all falls down, who will be left standing? The story of a three-way church split, regrets, and costly reconciliation. by Harry McGee Winter 2003
The Conversation You Dread A nasty outburst led to a more constructive approach for those difficult confrontations. By Denise Van Eck Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
The Day Rev. Henderson Bumped His Head The conflict traced back to one small, accidental blow. A parable. by William H. Willimon
The Emotions of Conflict The way to handle the most dangerous aspects of conflict is from the inside out. by Chris Stinnett Leadership Journal, Fall 2000
The Good Fight 4 spiritual disciplines to keep fights from scarring your soul. By Mark Buchanan
Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
The Heart of Stone Church When one member stonewalls growth and outreach, what is a church to do? By John R. Throop Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
The War of Online Words There’s nothing virtual about e-conflict. By Chad Hall Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
War of the Baseball Caps Choose your battles carefully, they said. I chose this? by David Hansen
Leadership Journal, Spring 1998
Water from Home Parched and hurting, I stood alone. By Ted Traylor Leadership Journal, Fall 2004
When Things Get Ugly What’s a leader to do when followers are revolting? by Gordon MacDonald
Leadership Journal, Spring 2007
When to Back Off Sometimes the best defense is no offense at all. by Gary D. Preston
Leadership Journal, Summer 1999
Why People Divorce Their Pastors What’s behind a member’s unexplained departure. by Paul Hogue Leadership Journal, Spring 2001

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Do You Know Who You Are? Os Hillman
Curse or Consecrate: Two Ways for Christians to View a Conflict Ken Sande

The High Cost of Conflict Among Christians Ken Sande
Being Equally Yoked D. Wayne Myrick
Support and Confront: The Art of Managing Conflict Os Hillman
Growing Relationships through Confrontation booklet Mike and Sue Dowgiewicz Conflict Resolution Word In Life Bible Study
Restrain Workplace Gossip Michael Zigarelli, Ph.D.


Lederach, John Paul. Preparing For Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
Lederach, John Paul. “Pacifism in Contemporary Conflict: A Christian Perspective.” in International Journal of Nonviolence, Vol. 3, July 1996.
Schreiter, Robert J. Reconciliation: Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1992.
Stassen, Glen Harold. Just Peacemaking: transforming initiatives for justice and peace. Louisville, KY.: Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1992.
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.
Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus: vicit Agnus noster. 2d. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 1994.
Yoder, John Howard. He Came Preaching Peace. foreword by Vernon Grounds. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press, 1985.


Anger and Conflict Management: Personal Handbook (Anger and Conflict Management) by PhD, Gerry Dunne (Nov 1, 2003)
Basic Skills for the New Mediator, Second Edition by Allan H. Goodman (Sep 2004)
Bringing Peace Into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution by Daniel Bowling and David Hoffman (Sep 30, 2003)
Communication and Conflict Management: In Churches and Christian Organizations by Kenneth O. Gangel and Samuel L. Canine (Mar 2002)
Communication, Conflict, and the Management of Difference by Stephen W. Littlejohn and Kathy Domenici (Mar 23, 2007)
Conflict Analysis: The Formal Theory of Behavior : A Theory and Its Experimental Validation (The Formal Theory Publications Series, V. 1) (The Formal Theory Publications Series, V. 1) by Albert J., M.D. Levis (Jan 1989)
Conflict and Communication: A Guide Through the Labyrinth of Conflict Management by Daniel Shapiro, Lisa Pilsitz, Susan Shapiro, and Fran Donelan (Oct 2004)
Conflict and Resolution by Barbara A. Nagle-Lechman (Jun 1997)
Conflict Coaching: Conflict Management Strategies and Skills for the Individual by Tricia S. Jones and Ross Brinkert (Dec 17, 2007)
Conflict Diagnosis and Alternative Dispute Resolution by Laurie S. Coltri (Sep 26, 2003)
Conflict Is for the Birds! Understanding Your Conflict Management Style by Gayle Wiebe Oudeh and Nabil Oudeh (Mar 24, 2006)
Conflict Management in Congregation (Harvesting the Learnings) (Harvesting the Learnings Series) by David B. Lott and Speed B. Leas (May 2001)
Conflict Management: A Communication Skills Approach (2nd Edition) by Deborah Borisoff and David A. Victor (Oct 14, 1997)
Conflict Management: A Practical Guide to Developing Negotiation Strategies by Barbara A. Budjac Corvette (Feb 17, 2006)
Conflict Resolution by Daniel Dana (Dec 13, 2000)
Conflict Transformation by Kumar Rupesinghe (Jan 5, 1995)
Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution by Louis Kriesberg (Aug 28, 2006)
Contemporary Conflict Resolution, 2nd edition by Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse, and Hugh Miall (Dec 9, 2005)
Coward’s Guide to Conflict: Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight by Tim Ursiny (Mar 1, 2003)
Creative Conflict Creative Transformation: The Secret of Heart to Heart Communion Learning to Love With Total Openness by Hills (Sep 1980)
Culture & Conflict Resolution (Cross-Cultural Negotiation Books) by Kevin Avruch (Oct 1, 1998)
Discover Your Conflict Management Style by Speed B. Leas (Nov 1998)
Engaging Communication in Conflict: Systemic Practice by Stephen W. Littlejohn and Kathy Domenici (Aug 30, 2000)
Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict Into Collaboration by Stewart Levine (Jan 15, 2000)
Healing the Heart of Conflict: 8 Crucial Steps to Making PEace with Yourself and Others by Marc Gopin (Sep 22, 2005)
Intractable Conflicts and Their Transformation by Louis Kriesberg, Terrell A. Northrup, and Stuart J. Thorso (Dec 1989)
Joy Of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains And Heroes In The Workplace And At Home by Gary Harper (Jul 15, 2004)
Keeping the Peace:: A Church Member’s Guide to Conflict Resolution by Michael S. Williams (April 2002)
Making Peace With Conflict: Practical Skills for Conflict Transformation by Carolyn Shrock-Shenk and Lawrence Ressler (Jun 1999)
Managing Conflict (Lessons Learned) by Harvard Business School Press (Nov 5, 2007)
Mediation: Empowerment in Conflict Management, Second Edition by Kathy Domenici, Domenici-Littlejohn, and Stephen W. Littlejohn (April 18, 2001)
Natural Conflict Resolution by Filippo Aureli (Aug 7, 2000)
New Directions in Conflict Theory: Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation by Raimo Vayrynen (Sep 26, 1991)
People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts by Robert Bolton (Jun 1986)
Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution) by John Paul Lederach (May 1995)
Street Negotiation–How To Resolve Any Conflict Anytime by Tristan J. Loo (Mar 1, 2006)
The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace by Marick F. Masters and Robert R. Albright (May 13, 2002)
The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace by Marick F. Masters and Robert R. Albright (May 13, 2002)
The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide by Bernard Mayer and Bernard S. Mayer (May 15, 2000)
The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution by Dudley Weeks (Jan 4, 1994)
The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice by Morton Deutsch, Peter T. Coleman, and Eric C. Marcus (Sep 18, 2006)
The Kids’ Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe, and Get Along by Naomi Drew (April 2004)
The Little Book Of Conflict Transformation (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series) by John Paul Lederach (Dec 31, 1969)
The Management of Conflict: Interpretations and Interests in Comparative Perspective by Marc Howard Ross (Aug 30, 1995)
The Peacemaking Pastor: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Church Conflict by Alfred Poirier (Aug 1, 2006)
The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and Coaches (Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series) by Roger Schwarz (Kindle Edition – Jul 22, 2002)
Win-Win Negotiating: Turning Conflict Into Agreement by Fred E. Jandt (Feb 26, 1987)

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