The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests
The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests  -     By: Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, Donald C. Guthrie
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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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Title: The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests
By: Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, Donald C. Guthrie
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 0830841504
ISBN-13: 9780830841509
Stock No: WW841509

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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 with Tasha D. Chapman and Donald C. Guthrie. Tasha D. Chapman (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate dean of lifelong learning and adjunct professor of educational ministries at Covenant Seminary. She is coauthor of with Bob Burns and Donald C. Guthrie. Donald C. Guthrie (PhD, University of Georgia) is professor of educational ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Guthrie has a broad range of past experience serving the university sphere over the years as campus minister, vice president for academics, and director of several university programs and conferences. He is coauthor of with Bob Burns and Tash D. Chapman. Steven Garber is professor of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, and the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture. A consultant to foundations, corporations, and schools, he is a teacher of many people in many places. His books include and .

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