The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests




      The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests
We all need help navigating the politics of ministry Politics is often considered a dirty word It brings to mind lies and manipulation, accusations and scandals But at its most basic level, politics is simply the everyday activity of getting things done with other people understanding their interests, recognizing the power dynamics at play, and learning how to negotiate relationships and institutions to achieve a common goal These realities are as true in ministry settings as anywhere else In The Politics of Ministry, Bob Burns, Tasha Chapman, and Donald Guthrie combine their long ministry experience with sociological research on the topic Filled with real life stories taken from a variety of ministry settings, this book sets out wise principles and practices that help us see clearly the political dynamics at play in our churches and parachurch ministries All ministry is political As servants of Christ s kingdom, we are called to navigate the politics of ministry with grace, wisdom, and charity This book shows us how the gospel of Jesus changes the way we work with those around us toward our common goal. Best Download [ The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests ] by [ Bob Burns ] – heartforum.co.uk

Bob Burns PhD, University of Georgia is the dean of lifelong learning and associate professor of education ministries at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis He is also ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as associate pastor at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship He is coauthor of Resilient Ministry with Tasha D Chapman and Donald C Guthrie.

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  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests
  • Bob Burns
  • 05 January 2019
  • 0830841504

10 thoughts on “ The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests

  1. Conrade Yap says:

    The word politics has often been used pejoratively From world leaders to local associations, people see politicians or the way of politics as a necessary evil We may hate it but we cannot do without it Even in non profit organizations, there has been accusations of politics played by those jostling for power and position in the organization Like a chess game, some individuals scheme their way into plum roles Others play defensive to protect their place in...

  2. Ethan says:

    A technical, but fruitful, exploration of power dynamics and interests in church ministry.The authors explore four examples of ministry experiences and analyze the politics involved They explain the use of the term politics and its existence in church ministry the negotiation of various interests as they all attempt to leverage the influence and power they have to accomplish what they deem to be their purposes the best way forward The authors address the different kinds of interest which A technical, but fruitful, exploration of power dynamics and interests in church ministry.The authors explore four examples of ministry experiences and analyze the politics involved They explain the use of the term politics and its existence in church ministry the negotiation of various interests as they all attempt to leverage the influence and power they have to accomplish what they deem to be their purposes the best way forward The authors address the different kinds of interest which might exist, different forms of power and influence, how negotiation takes place, what kinds of moves various persons will make, an...

  3. Alistair Chalmers says:

    Great book, it should be essential reading for anyone going into ministry How to negotiate, make decisions, understand power plays, see the importance of relationships and the importance of training up future leaders to en...

  4. Samuel Kassing says:

    Where was this book in my first 5 years of ministry The title and subtitle say it all Get it and read it Due yourself a favor.

  5. Anthony Locke says:

    I was inspired to revisit and finish this book after my pastor said one of the main takeaways he hopes residents get from the program is that they understand that ministry is inescapably political This is an insightful book that I will likely revisit many times over the course of my ministry Sidenote this book is not just helpful for ministry, but also marriage, work, and general relationships The authors define politics as the art of getting things done with others They go into detail a I was ...

  6. Shaun Lee says:

    As a 30 year old seminary graduate seeking his first ministerial position, this book s title caught my eye Indeed, we have no idea what to expect when we enter into the Lord s service and often have an unrealistic view of what to expect relationally in minstry I found the book to be a tremendously insightful read, and possibly it saved this relatively naive guy alot of pain and heartache.The princ...

  7. Mitchell Dixon says:

    This is a really simple book over the politics of ministry I have to be honest it wasn t my favorite He often quotes Andy Crouch s book Playing God Which I would highly recommend over this book I think this book is helpful for giving definitions and categories about how politics happen...

  8. Jesse Baker says:

    A helpful guide to handling the various power dynamics that arise in a variety of ministry contexts The leadership of Christ was a helpful reminder as one seeks to bring change for he calls us to pursue a leadership that is radical in its servant oriented, grace based, and kingdom focused manner.

  9. Peter Krol says:

    Wish this book had been published years earlier than it was And wish I had read it then, too A very simple model, yet one that helps to penetrate the deep complexity of relationships in a ministry setting.

  10. Robin says:

    This is a really excellent and clear description of the nature of power and politics in church ministry Essential reading for all in church leadership, I reckon.

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