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CONTENTS v About the Author xi Foreword xiii Preface xvii Acknowledgments Chapter 1. When Churches Stumble Idealism and the Church unity versus community The Church: The Community When the Church Walks with Two Feet on the Ground Questions for Discussion/Reflection Chapter 2. When Families Feud Boundaries Stagnant Minds Lead to Isolated and Closed Churches Controlling Families Church Bullies Church Codependents Questions for Discussion/Reflection Chapter 3. When Beliefs Crumble A Crisis Can Bring Forced Introspection Adjustments to Belief Structures Can Be Difficult The Church Should Be a Safe Place for Honest Discussion Beliefs Change in Multiple Ways Belief Transitions Are Normal, Not Abnormal Movement from the Status Quo May Energize Questions for Discussion/Reflection Chapter 4. When Religion Rigidifies Addictive Processes in Organizations The Awakening A Psychological and Spiritual Danger Zone Extremes Are Not Only Found in Extreme Organizations The Problem of Mistaking Religion for Spirituality The Challenge Questions for Discussion/Reflection Chapter 5. When Leaving Hurts Idealism The Battle The Decision Considerations When in a Denominational Crisis Questions for Discussion/Reflection Chapter 6. When Ministry Disillusions Finding Meaning in Life Finding Sanctuary Learn to Surrender A Sense of Discipline Incorporating Others Questions for discussion/reflection Chapter 7. When Tensions Increase A Narrow Focus Results in Lack of Tolerance Not Accepting Tensions Results in Lack of Challenge Integration Results in More Balance Polarities In The Christian Life Questions for Discussion/Reflection 55 Chapter 8. When Change Collides Concepts About Change Change and Churches Superficial Change Change Never Comes Easily The Church: A Projection of Us? When Change and Church Collide The Opportunity Questions for Reflection/Discussion 63 Chapter 9. When Humanity Fails 73 The Crisis of Pollyanna Delusions; Denial The Crisis of Projection: The Devil Made Me Do It The Crisis of External Locus of Control: Expecting God 75 to Do It All The Crisis of Legalism: Control The Crisis of Instability and Insecurity: Anxiety The Crisis of the Inflated Self: Narcissism The Crisis of Condemnation: Guilt The Crisis of Conformity: Mindlessness The Use of Spirituality and Religion in Psychologically 76 Healthy Ways Questions For Discussion/Reflection 83 84 Chapter 10. When Churches Walk the Talk The Gospel, As Lived in the Healthy Church, Answers 87 Many Important Questions "Where Do I Belong?": Provides Community Conclusion Questions for Discussion/Reflection 101 Epilogue 103 Bibliography
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