Mark Kelley

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Much of my life has been devoted to bringing together people and concepts which did not seem to belong together. In my high school days, I delighted in hosting parties to which I intentionally invited students from very different social groups. As a pastor, I have worked hard to bring the various cliques of small churches together in a sense of: unity. As a seminary student, I have striven to combine the highest academic standards with a concern for the relevance of each academic activity to the every-day pastorate.

This thesis is a further step towards developing a minstry of bridge-building. First, it is a study of the techniques of developing unity and cooperation within the local church. But on a second level, this thesis is an attempt to bring together the best of sociological studies on conflict management with the best of Biblical studies on the subject. It is my prayer that it will be useful ln encouraging others to become bridge-builders.

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