Greetings! I’m Jim Meyer, President of Restoring Kingdom Builders, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
The goal of my blog is the same as the mission of RKB: “preventing and resolving church conflicts biblically.”
I write on church conflict, disagreements with pastors, pastoral termination, and controversial issues, occasionally writing about stuff that interests me.
My goal is to provide content that is biblically-based, relevant, practical, and realistic. I tend to talk about issues that usually stay behind closed doors, issues that most Christian leaders avoid.
I typically post articles weekly. So far, I’ve posted 517 articles, categorized by topic. The most popular article – viewed three times more than any other – is called “If You Must Terminate a Pastor.”
To make sure you don’t miss my latest posts, I invite you to subscribe.
Are you in the midst of a conflict as a pastor, staff member, or board member? I’ve been there myself – many times.
During my 36 years in church ministry as a senior pastor and staff member, I took a special interest in the way that churchgoers treated their pastor when they strongly disagreed with him. Sometimes people left the church. Other times, they formed a faction and tried to force the pastor to leave instead. But most of the time, Christians who disagreed with each other didn’t consult or follow what the Bible had to say about conflict. Instead, they used politics or overreacted emotionally – nearly always damaging the pastor, the congregation, and themselves in the process.
I have seen all too many church conflicts up close and personal. My father was a pastor and was forced out of his last church. As a staff member, I watched as my pastor was voted out of office in a public meeting. And in late 2009, after 10 1/2 years of successful ministry in the same church, I resigned because of the relentless criticism of a vocal minority.
I spent the next three years writing my book Church Coup: A Cautionary Tale of Congregational Conflict detailing what happened in my last ministry. The book was published by Xulon Press in the spring of 2013 and can be purchased from my website or from Amazon.com. My great desire is to teach pastors, board members, and congregations alike to handle conflict situations in a biblical and compassionate manner rather than letting anger or irrationality rule the day.
Because of the damage inflicted on everyone involved in a forced termination effort, I long to see churches handle such matters with truth and grace instead.
I’ve been interested in church conflict and pastoral termination for nearly forty years. In seminary, I took a class in Managing Church Conflict. When I entered the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Seminary (where I was taught by Archibald Hart, David Augsburger, and Leith Anderson), my focus was on church conflict, and I wrote my final project on local church antagonism as discussed in the New Testament informed by family systems theory. Besides extensive reading and studying in the field, I’ve completed Peter Steinke’s conflict training called BridgeBuilder and I’m qualified to offer it in local churches.
MY CONTACT INFORMATION
I am available for coaching and consultation concerning potential and actual conflict situations. I am also available as a guest speaker or seminar leader. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (951) 301-8025. Please check out RKB’s website at www.restoringkingdombuilders.org as well.
I grew up in Anaheim, California, just two miles from Disneyland. My father was a pastor. I am a graduate of Biola University (Bachelor of Arts), Talbot School of Theology (Master of Divinity), and Fuller Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). I reside in Menifee, California with my wife of 41 years, Kim. We have two adult children, Ryan and Sarah, and two grandsons: Jack and Liam.
My primary interests are sports (especially the San Francisco Giants), music, British mysteries, and travel … preferably to England.