The following information was sent to me and I thought it might interest some of our SBC Voices readers:
There is a new discipleship resource available titled, Winning The Real Battle At Church: What Holds Your Church Together During Troubled Times (190 pages, 8 ½ by 11, softcover, BHC Publishing, 2008). Designed for individual, small group or church wide use, Winning The Real Battle At Church equips congregations to address church conflict proactively and biblically.
The interactive format of this resource is unique among materials currently available in the areas of biblical conflict resolution and prevention. The book is based on the premise that the “real” battle in congregations takes place in the human heart, not between people. Winning The Real Battle At Church is coauthored by Dr. David and Diane Noble. David is a Southern Baptist pastor near Kansas City, Missouri, and founder of the workshop and consulting ministry, Building Healthy Churches (www.buildinghealthychurches.com).
Diane has written the learning activities and leader guides for three recent LifeWay discipleship studies: Putting on the Armor (Chuck Lawless, 2006), Fear No Evil (Warren McWilliams, the 2005 Southern Baptist Convention doctrinal study), and Extraordinary Marriage (Rodney & Selma Wilson, 2004).
Several Southern Baptist leaders have endorsed Winning The Real Battle At Church, including Dr. Frank Page (2006-2008 SBC President), Dr. Geoff Hammond (President, North American Mission Board), Dr. Chuck Lawless (Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), Dr. H.L. Willmington (Dean, Willmington School of the Bible, Liberty University), Peter Celum (Church & Pastoral Care Specialist, California Southern Baptist Convention), Dr. James Austin (Executive Director, South Carolina Baptist Convention), Dr. Jim Richards (Executive Director, Southern Baptists of Texas), and Dr. David Tolliver (Interim Executive Director, Missouri Baptist Convention).
Endorsements, book excerpts, reader comments, and a detailed comparison between Winning The Real Battle At Church and Ken Sande’s The Peacemaker are available at www.winningtherealbattle.com.
The online price of the Winning The Real Battle At Church is $14.99 with discounts for group use in congregations. Pastors and church staff may purchase the book online for $10. Winning The Real Battle At Church is available for $17.99 at select bookstores, including all SBC seminaries this fall.
“May I commend to you the book, Winning The Real Battle At Church written by David and Diane Noble. This wonderful resource could help your church grow and experience God’s blessing as church members understand the biblical responses necessary when a church is going through difficulty. This resource is an excellent study that can help God’s people become far more aware of the spiritual realities behind church conflict and grow the skills necessary to come out of church conflict with God’s smile and blessing upon the fellowship. I commend to you this wonderful resource!” – Dr. Frank Page