Antagonists in the Church: How to Deal with Destructive Conflict
By Kenneth C. Haugck
ISBN-10 : 0806623101
ISBN-13 : 978-0806623108
This book and workbook should be part of every pastor’s library and on every seminary’s syllabus for pastoral formation. It helps identify those within a parish who are intent on bringing conflict and provides suggestions on how to resolve the problems. Published originally in 1991 and still available through Amazon and Stephen Ministries, the works will go to great lengths to inoculate a congregation from the consequences of antagonists within their midst.
It is a great tool to use with parish Vestries, PCC’s, Sessions, etc. It is very practical.
Who Are Antagonists?
“Antagonists are individuals who, on the basis of non-substantive evidence, go out of their way to make insatiable demands, usually attacking the person or performance of others. These attacks are selfish in nature, tearing down rather than building up, and are often directed against those in a leadership capacity.” (from chapter 2, “What Is Church Antagonism?”)