Archive for July 2011

Review: Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke

Congregation Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke: A Review  by Glen Bickford Peter Steinke continues his church consultation legacy with this book focused on church leadership: how to be a non-anxious presence. His first chapter, Anxious Souls, describes the effects of anxiety: contagiousness, reactivity, black and white thinking. He also quotes Dean R. Hoge and Jacqueline…

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Mediation Brings New Ideas

One of the most valuable things that a mediator brings to a conflict is a different perspective. A mediator can offer new ideas without seeming to be on one side or another. For example, there are at least five different ways to divide personal personal property in a divorce mediation.  A mediator can offer a solution…

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Mediators are not always lawyers.

Many mediators are lawyers but I am not a lawyer, so when people ask me a legal question the best thing I can do is refer them to a lawyer. This makes divorce mediation slow at times. But it it better to know one’s boundaries than give poor legal advice. At times in divorce mediation,…

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Review: The American Church in Crisis by David Olson

David Olson is a pastor, church planter and church planter coach for the Evangelical Covenant Church. A long-time resident of Minnesota, he recently moved to Chicago to take a position with the national office of the Evangelical Covenant Church. His book The American Church in Crisis is a statistician’s attempt to make sense of the overall decline…

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Review: Peter Steinke’s A Door Set Open and New Visions Training Program

This is a new Blog devoted to Church Consultation. I recently attended an Interim Ministry Conference in Nashville. We spoke about mediation, consultation and how to change the mindset of many congregations today. Below is my review of a post conference seminar program. Review: Peter Steinke’s A Door Set Open and New Visions Training Program Peter Steinke has been a…

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Racheting down tension

Sometimes in mediation two parties are more bent on hurting and destroying each other than working things out. They may even prolong a mediation to hurt each other. Sometimes, the best thing a mediator can do is to simply end the session and give parties space and time to calm down. Sometimes this can be…

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