Managing Conflict in the Church
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A music minister resigns from his church because several board members threaten to have him removed if he doesn't return to a traditional worship style. Several people stop tithing in protest when their church decides to spend money on a new gym rather than a new fellowship hall. As a church starts a second service to accommodate their growing congregation, thirty members leave because they want to start a new building project instead.The consequences of unresolved conflict in the church are disastrous. A small argument can grow into a tug-of-war that rips the church apart. From personality conflicts to power politics, the causes of discord in the church are as diverse as the people involved in them. But you can handle the variety of conflicts that you encounter daily if you have a fundamental understanding of the nature of conflict. Managing Conflict in the Church will help you recognize the roots of conflict, develop communication skills to manage conflict, and even learn to transform conflict from an affliction to an asset.
Kale is a Professor of Communications at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.