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Welcoming Resistance: A Path to Faithful Ministry William Chris Hobgood

Welcoming Resistance: A Path to Faithful Ministry

William Chris Hobgood

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ISBN : 9781566992503
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151 pages
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Resistance can be a sign of vitality, high quality, and faithful life in a congregation. It can also be a learning opportunity for congregational leaders who recognize the value of hearing from those who resist ministry initiatives, inviting theirMoreResistance can be a sign of vitality, high quality, and faithful life in a congregation. It can also be a learning opportunity for congregational leaders who recognize the value of hearing from those who resist ministry initiatives, inviting their input and listening to their response. So argues Chris Hobgood, based on his research in eight congregations growing in their practice of stewardship, evangelism, spiritual formation, and compassion.Hobgood proposes a “continuum of interventions” that can be made by pastors and lay leaders. He also observes that the degree of resistance will intensify as the degree of change deepens but suggests that when we try to squelch resistance we threaten the congregation’s very existence. While it may be tempting to believe that battles have been won when resistance is gone, it is in the give-and-take of change initiators and resisters interacting openly and with mutual respect that congregations become lively and richer places.Congregational leaders will appreciate Hobgood’s positive and pastoral approach to the resistance they encounter in their own faith communities and his concrete and practical suggestions for building more constructive relationships. Foreword by Richard L. Hamm, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).