"Is God essentially loving or essentially demanding ? The answer is yes. This question captures a polarity. A polarity is a pair of truths that are interdependent. Neither truth stands alone. They complement each other. We call this the Nurture AND Transformation polarity. It is one of the eight polarities we will examine in this book (p. 1)". "When Barry Johnson first introduced Polarity Management to Roy Oswald in 1989, Roy immediately said, 'I am consulting with congregations every week that are fighting over polarities with an either/or mindset. The pain and suffering that result are tragic. ... Over the years I have continued to work with congregations, pastors, and lay leaders and have deepened my conviction of the potential value of Polarity Management for congregations and their leaders. I have noticed that thriving congregations are thriving in large part because they manage some key polarities well. .... I have also been teaching Polarity Management, and congregations have found it useful, especially in addressing chronic and loaded issues" (p. 2-3). -- Chapter 1.
Contents: Dedications -- Acknowledgements -- Why Managing Polarities Is Important to Congregational Health -- Tradition and Innovation -- Spiritual Health and Institutional Health -- Management and Leadership -- Strong Clergy Leadership and Strong Lay Leadership -- Inreach and Outreach -- Nurture and Transformation -- Making Disciples: Easy Process and Challenging Process -- Call and Duty -- Appendix A: Polarities in Small Group -- Appendix B: Methods for Working with Polarities in Groups -- Appendix C: Polarity Principles -- Appendix D: References on the Importance of Polarities -- Notes -- About the Authors.