The Politics of Ministry
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The Politics of Ministry

Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests

Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, Donald C. Guthrie

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The Politics of Ministry

Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests

Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, Donald C. Guthrie

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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 more 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.

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Publisher
IVP
Year
2019
ISBN
9780830873807

Appendix 1:
Emotions Checklist

Reviewing a checklist of adjectives describing varied emotions can be helpful in learning to accurately identify emotions.1 When we better identify emotions, it deepens our understanding of ourselves and others. Try using this list at the end of the day, considering your circumstances and how you felt. Or keep the list in your journal so that you can identify feelings as you write. Or use it as a test and retest, exploring how your feelings may have changed from one point of time to another.
Place a check next to all the adjectives that describe how you feel right now.
Ambivalent
Amused
Angry
Annoyed
Anxious
Apathetic
Ashamed
Attractive
Bitter
Bored
Brave
Bright
Calm
Cheated
Collected
Confident
Confused
Contented
Defeated
Dejected
Delighted
Depressed
Detached
Different
Discouraged
Disgusted
Disinterested
Empty
Engaged
Excited
Exhausted
Foolish
Fulfilled
Funny
Glad
Glib
Grateful
Guilty
Happy
Hateful
Helpful
Helpless
Hesitant
Hopeful
Hurt
Impatient
Independent
Indifferent
Inferior
Insecure
Inspired
Interested
Involved
Irritated
Jealous
Joyful
Jubilant
Judged
Lonely
Loved
Loyal
Miserable
Misguided
Misunderstood
Needy
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