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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.
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.
Anatomy of a Church Fight
How would you handle this real-life story of a lightning strike that ignited a firestorm?
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.
When Community Strife Divides the Church
Keep the peace when both sides are represented in the congregation.
Timothy M. McQuade
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