This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.
Organizational Trauma Recovery: The “God's Fellowship Community Church” Reconciliation Process
God's Fellowship Community Church” is a medium-sized (about 850 members) evangelical Christian congregation located in a western state and affiliated with a Reformed Protestant denomination. Established by a well-known minister in the late 1970s, the congregation grew to more than 1,800 members within a decade. Allegations of ethical misconduct against the founding pastor ultimately led to his resignation in 1990, leaving a deeply divided and wounded congregation. This case study profiles the congregation's recovery process following that traumatic period (from 1990 to 1997), including my intervention as a consultant in 1993. It concludes with implications for consensus building processes in deeply divided organizations, including the need ...