Communication in the Church: A Handbook for Healthier Relationships


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas G. Kirkpatrick is an educator, trainer, writer, pastor, and consultant with specialties in interpersonal communication, small group ministries, and conflict management. He is the author of Small Groups in the Church: A Handbook for Creating Community. He has served as pastor at several churches and professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Whitworth University. He has also been a campus minister and program director of camps and conferences.


In a time of loud, dissonant rhetoric, Thomas Kirkpatrick offers guidelines for calm, reflective listening and sane conversation. He envisions the church as the place where people "speak the truth in love" and "carefront" for the sake of clarity and honesty, even more, for building genuine relationships. He knows that the church is where you dialogue, not to win points, but to love thy neighbor.
Thomas Kirkpatrick's book could not be more timely. The book is targeted for communication in the church but is relevant in many other settings. I was immediately engaged because the descriptions of poor communication were so accurate and the prescriptions for healthy communication were so helpful. The chapters immediately invite readers in and are profound and practical. It is a book that should be required reading in nearly every congregation.