Dr. Jim Meyer
Dr. Jim Meyer is the founder and president of Restoring Kingdom Builders. He has been in church ministry for 36 years as a senior pastor, solo pastor, interim pastor, teaching pastor, associate pastor, and youth pastor.
Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Biola University, a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. He wrote his doctoral project at Fuller on “Conflict Transformation: A Biblical Model Informed by Family Systems Theory” with a special emphasis on dealing with antagonists in churches in a biblical manner.
Jim comes from a heritage of Christian leaders. His grandfather was a pastor in the Chicago area for most of his life. His father was among Talbot’s initial graduating class of seven and was later a pastor in Orange County. His step-father was a pastor and later a missionary to the Navajo people. His father-in-law was a medical missionary in Saudi Arabia, a pastor, and a professor at a prominent Christian university.
Jim has witnessed the devastating effects of pastor abuse and forced termination firsthand and has written extensively about these issues on his blog and in his book Church Coup: A Cautionary Tale of Congregational Conflict.
Jim enjoys following sports (especially the Giants and Lakers), traveling, British mysteries, and music.
Preventing and resolving church conflicts biblically
*Write and publish materials for pastors and lay people on church conflict with a special emphasis on the prevention of forced termination for pastors and staff members.
*Give more prominence to this hidden issue among Christian churches so that pastors and staff members are treated with greater compassion and fairness.
*Encourage pastors and staff members who are experiencing conflict in their ministries through coaching and consultation.