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Living with Paradox


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Foreword by Max de Pree; The Persistent Paradox of Religious Leadership; PARADOXES IN THE LEADER'S ROLE; Person and Position: Being True to Oneself and to Congregational Expectations; Prophet, Priest, and King: Playing Three Roles at Once Without Confounding Them; PARADOXES OF PERSPECTIVE; Inclusivity and Exclusivity: Appreciating Both Uniqueness and Universality in Faith Convictions; Timely and Timeless: Applying the Bible's Eternal Truths to Present Circumstances; PARADOXES BUILT; For-Profit and Not-for-Profit: Balancing the Books While Serving a Larger Purpose; Person and Organization: Running an Efficient Organization in Which People Feel Deeply Recognized; PARADOXES OF CONGREGATIONAL MISSION; Product and Process: Valuing Ends and Means Equally; Mission and Maintenance: Moving the Congregation Toward Achieving Its Goals While Fostering Goodwill and Group Cohesion; Conclusion: Leading Others to Double Vision.

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NEWTON MALONY is senior professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, a licensed psychologist, and an ordained United Methodist minister. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School, and he received his Ph.D. degree from George Peobody College at Vanderbilt University. Malony has written numerous books on psychology and religion, including Win--Win Relationships and the Psychology of Religion for Ministry. He and his wife live in Pasadena, California.


"Individuals who are in religious leadership positions willimmediately recognize the dilemmas or paradoxes described in thisbook. The good news is that Malony offers sound practical advice onhow to deal with them. This book is accurately descriptive andhelpfully prescriptive." (Douglas Lewis, Wesley TheologicalSeminary)

"Malony suggests ways to turn destructive conflict into creativetension. A helpful guide for every religious leader struggling tomake sense out of the colliding interests that buffet manycongregations and other not-for-profit institutions." (William E.Hull, Samford University)

"Dr. Malony presents a helpful analysis using insights frompsychology, theology, management theory, conflict resolution, practical experience, love of Church, and an ironic spirit. Anyonereading this study will no longer see conflict as an interruptionof the Church mission, but an opportunity to be in ministry." (MarkTrotter, First United Methodist Church, San Diego, California)

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