Never Call Them Jerks (Paperback)

By Arthur Paul Boers

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781566992183, 158pp.

Publication Date: December 31, 1999

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No church is immune to the problems that can arise when parishioners behave in difficult ways. Responding to such situations with self-awareness and in a manner true to one's faith tradition makes the difference between peace and disaster. In this must-read book, Boers shows how a better understanding of difficult behavior can help congregational leaders avoid the trap of labeling such parishioners and exercise self-care when the going gets rough.

About the Author

Arthur Paul Boers is a Mennonite pastor in Waterloo, Ontario, who has served rural, urban, and church-planting settings in the U.S.A. and Canada. He is also a Benedictine Oblate. The author of three previous books--On Earth as in Heaven; Justice that Heals; and Lord, Teach Us to Pray--Boers has an M.A. in Peace Studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary, and an M.Th. in Pastoral Counseling from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. For many years he served as columnist and editorial advisor for Christian Ministry and as a contributing editor to The Other Side. His articles and reviews have been published in Christianity Today, Leadership, St. Anthony Messenger, and Sojourners.