Category Archives: Change in the Church

Doesn’t God Condone Church Conflict in 1 Corinthians 11:17-19?

This summer at our church I am teaching the material of Redeeming Church Conflicts in one of our Sunday morning adult community groups. Yesterday during class a man said (with a degree of confidence) that the Bible endorses conflict in … Continue reading

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When Should a Pastor Leave His Church?

I was recently asked “When should a pastor leave his church?” What the person was really asking for was a set of principled guidelines she could use to convince others, and her pastor, that it was time for a pastoral … Continue reading

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“Helping entrenched people is what we do and who we are.” (Pastor Whipple of Kossuth Street Baptist Church)

Dave and I were blessed this morning to read the following article by Pastor Whipple of Kossuth Street Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana: Redeeming Church Conflicts I especially appreciated Pastor Whipple’s encouragement for his church members to be prepared to redeem conflict … Continue reading

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Church change: A recipe for conflict or an opportunity for glory?

Q. I don’t like the changes being proposed for my church. For years we have been a great church with great programs for all ages. Now we are being told by our leaders that we have to make some changes … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of an Inwardly-Obsessed Church

Thom Rainer has some great insights in this post: The Ten Signs of an Inwardly-Obsessed Church Of course, one of them is the presence of consistent anger and hostility toward the church staff and other members. A warning sign to … Continue reading

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Embracing Church Conflict: The Implications of Doctrine

Tara and I recently had the joy of serving at the 2014 Peacemaker Conference on the topic of “Embracing Church Conflict: The Implications of Doctrine.” I prepared a handout with several attachments for our two-hour long workshop. In many ways, this document is “the … Continue reading

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