In a recent survey, around 75% of churches in America reported that they are in conflict. 25% of those reported that the conflict was serious enough to inflict serious damage upon the church.
If your church is struggling with conflict, you’re not alone. Just look at the New Testament. If the letters of Paul are any indication, the early Christians were almost always arguing about something.
Conflict can be devastating to your church. But it doesn’t have to be. Handled correctly, conflict can be the doorway to stronger relationships and greater congregational health. Conflict can be transformed into growth.
The first step to conflict transformation is listening, and that’s where I can help. As a neutral party, I can lead a process of congregational listening that allows everyone to be heard.
Another key to conflict transformation is identifying the real issues–the underlying causes of the conflict. Sometimes it’s hard to do that when you’re in the midst of the fray. By offering a fresh perspective, I can help you see through the fog and understand what’s really going on.
A final key to conflict transformation is addressing the issues once they’ve been identified. At the end of the day, that’s the work of the congregation and its leaders. But I can help, with support, encouragement, wisdom, experience, and access to a network of wise counselors and powerful resources.
Don’t let conflict destroy your church. Transform conflict into an opportunity for growth.