Category Archives: Excerpts from “Redeeming Church Conflicts”

FREE Checklist to Help You Select a Third-Party Church Conflict Consultant

One of the most common questions we receive has to do with how to evaluate a third-party church conflict consultant. This is such an important topic, that we have an entire Appendix on it in our book. And today, we want … Continue reading

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How to Fire Your Pastor (Part 3 of 3)

Q. Sometimes, even in a mature church, a time comes when a servant-shepherd pastor must be let go. In this situation, how should the pastor and his family, and the other church leaders and members respond so that they can … Continue reading

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In Church Conflict (as in War), The Malice of the Wicked is Reinforced by the Weakness of the Virtuous

Over the holidays, I began reading Winston Churchill’s Memoirs of the Second World War (the abridged version not knowing if I would live long enough to read his entire six volume set!).  In one of the opening paragraphs Churchill writes … Continue reading

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Every time I think about my church conflict, all I feel is hopelessness. I just don’t see anything at all to hope in!

Q: Every time I think about my church conflict, all I feel is hopelessness. I just don’t see anything at all to hope in! A. Hope in this: The longest part of our most “real” lives will be lived for … Continue reading

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Church conflict often robs us of an accurate, hopeful, God-centered perspective.

(One of my favorite parts of Redeeming Church Conflicts is our introduction to Section 1: Perspective. I have heard and seen Dave minister this message to so many people over the years–especially pastors who were tempted to despair over conflicts in … Continue reading

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The Acts 15 Model for Redeeming Church Conflict as a Model of Progressive Continuity Consistent with All of Scripture

Q. Why did you choose Acts 15 as the model for Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care? A. Acts 15 records the first major conflict in a New Testament church and provides a fairly detailed account of … Continue reading

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I don’t understand what one person could possibly do to help in this midst of this terrible church conflict!

Q: I don’t understand what one person could possibly do to help in the midst of this terrible church conflict! A. You can be God’s instrument in redeeming your church’s conflicts by humbly depending on the Holy Spirit and following … 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 Conflict Need Not be a Confusing Mystery

I had recent occasion to spend a long day alone driving across a couple of western states where the bugs hitting the windshield outnumbered the vehicles I saw by at least 10 to 1.  Fortunately, I was in range of … 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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