Avoiding All-Out Church War



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Difficult people. Misunderstandings and miscommunications. Staff turnover. Hot theological or community issues. Satan can use any of this to create major conflict in your church, if not handled appropriately and maturely.

These eight articles from Leadership journal help you know what to do when a fight is brewing and how to preempt congregational, board, or staff conflict. You'll learn common reactions people have in an argument, tips for running productive mediation sessions, and guidelines for restoring peace back to your church.

Table of Contents:

Stopping Conflict Before It Starts
Clear explanations can dampen the misunderstandings that cause fights.
Larry Osborne

Inside Church Fights
by Marshall Shelley and Kevin Miller
Marshall Shelley and Kevin Miller

Six Rules for a Fair Fight
Observing these rules can keep conflict from turning into full-scale warfare.
Edward G. Dobson, Speed B. Leas, and Marshall Shelley

Six Steps to Settling Differences
After two failed attempts, I asked a pro to lead the meeting. Here's what he did.
Steve Larson

Anatomy of a Church Fight
How would you handle this real-life story of a lightning strike that ignited a firestorm?
Leadership Journal

Animal Instincts
Five ways church members will react in a fight.
Norman Shawchuck and Robert Moeller

Surviving a Power Play
When the smoke cleared, this pastor was still standing.
Marshall Shelley

When Community Strife Divides the Church
Keep the peace when both sides are represented in the congregation.
Timothy M. McQuade

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