Scripture is the story of brokenness and healing, as it describes the brokenness of the relationship between God and humanity, and then points us to the means of reconciliation in Jesus. God has committed to the church a “message of reconciliation” and yet the church is itself often a place of broken relationships and conflict. My goal is to offer a means by which preachers can take a pro-active approach to healing damaged relationships by creating stronger bonds between pastor and people, restoring broken relationships between congregational members and confronting the underlying causes of conflict and factionalism within congregations.
|Advisor:||Brooks, Gennifer B.|
|Commitee:||Blount, Reggie, Fowler, Mark|
|School:||Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Church, Conflict, Factionalism, Preaching|
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