Being a Pastor in an Storm of Change
For clergy who have time to read only one book on congregational conflict, it should be Wind and Whirlwind. After providing a concise, but thorough, summary of cultural changes and their impact on congregational life, Moffett-Moore offers wise counsel on practices congregations and their leaders can adopt to manage any conflict that may emerge, from its inception. Couched within a description of Moffett-Moore’s own personal experience of finding himself at the center of congregational conflict as a pastor, and peppered with the illustrations one would expect of a good preacher, Wind and Whirlwind is thoroughly engaging and readable. An excellent resource both for clergy and for use with congregational leaders.
In a series of 16 short lessons, Moffett-Moore helps the reader identify the sources of stress and discover ways to manage stress
spiritually and emotionally, including spiritual disciplines and practices. Titles of these 16 lessons include:
• Unique, Like Everyone Else
• Improving our Immunities
• Running Hard Just to Keep Up
• Faith out of Focus
• When to say When
• Spiritual Calisthenics
• Finding Faith when Everything’s Lost
At the end of each chapter, Moffett-Moore includes questions for reflection and conversation. Wind and Whirlwind is beneficial for clergy and lay leaders, studied together or individually.