The purpose of this project is to share my story and encourage other ministry leaders in their work with the church. The calling to follow Jesus is easier said than done. Conflict isn’t pleasant, but it is necessary. Church ministry in today’s environment is like running a corporation. Conflict and crisis arise in every ministry. As in the corporate world, people are the greatest assets. Exploring how to deal with difficult, combative, complacent, and evil people is a true reality. From the pulpit, it is often said that God will not call you to do anything He has not equipped you for. Nevertheless, it is also prudent to develop your leadership skills to deal with numerous aspects of church ministry. God never promised us this life would be easy, but He is bigger than any storm we face in this world. And He’s always working for our good, even in the places where we can’t see, even in the circumstances that we don’t fully understand. It’s hard to put a storm, periscope, and the idea of building something together unless you are in a submarine on a covert or clandestine mission in which the periscope rises to check out the landscape. This is a strange analogy to try and put together; nevertheless, we need to up our periscope, build a solid foundation and know that the only thing that will last is that which is done for the kingdom of God.
Dr. Eddie Hare Jr. is one of three academic deans of Good News Seminary and Bible College. The Bible College is under the leadership of Dr. Lisa Cooper, Chancellor/President. He has had two pastorates, the last being Unity Community Christian Baptist Church, Stockton, California, where he pastored for seven years. Dr. Hare holds a doctorate of theology and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Good News Seminary and Bible College, Tracy, California. He also holds a master’s of divinity and a bachelor’s of arts in biblical counseling from Living Word Bible College, Pomona, California. He is certified in grief, crisis, and trauma counseling from the Talbot School of Theology. He is married to Sandra Y. Hare and they have four adult children and a wealth of grandchildren.
From The Desk of Dr. Larry Stamper thdjd PhD
Chancellor/Professor Zion Theological Seminary and Bible College
Pastor Heavenly Gate MBC, Stockton
John Maxwell Certified
Dr. Eddie Hare
In an age that screams for tolerance, Dr. Eddie Hare dares to present in an irenic but palatable manner that the issue of ecclesiastical conflict is alive and is threatening to devour our churches.
With the skill of a surgeon attacking pathology, Dr. Hare confronts this matter and exposes and engages this hideous and pernicious evil as a dangerous movement that has crept into our sacred communities and is wreaking havoc.
Dr. Hare dares to reveal that within the church world that has the appearance of solidarity and unity are attitudes and behavior that challenge leadership and promote strife.
His book is a red alert to beware of ecclesiastical conflict less you become a statistic.
Dr. Larry Stamper thdjd PhD