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Conflicts in Leadership

Conflicts-in-LeadershipAnyone who has served in a position of leadership knows that conflict is part of the job description. Business owners, managers and team leaders face conflict on a regular basis. Most of the time the conflict comes from outside the team as they face challenges with competitors, unsatisfied customers, a changing marketplace or while in the development stage. However, there are times when conflicts arise between team members, between the team and the leaders or between the leaders.

The Christian church is not exempt from conflict. In fact we are more prone to conflict. Christian leaders deal with the same struggles as other leaders, but we also have the added challenge of dealing more directly with the battle between the spiritual and the natural. The additional aspect that pastors, ministers and Christian leaders face increases the amount and intensity of potential conflicts.

Conflict is one of the hardest things that pastors, ministers and ministry leaders deal with. It is also far more prevalent than many Christian leaders would like to admit. If not handled correctly, conflict can lead to church splits, the destruction of ministries or support and participation can both decrease. Most importantly people are hurt and our witness is compromised. This leaves people turned off rather than drawn to Christ.

Christian leaders should be experts in dealing with and resolving conflict. The Bible gives us an overwhelming amount of information about conflicts, why they occur and how to deal with them. Consider that we see the first conflict in Genesis chapter three and the final conflict is resolved at the end of Revelation.

There are four types of conflicts that we as ministry leaders should pay close attention to. They are the conflicts between God and man, with the demonic kingdom, the conflict between people and the internal conflicts that we have with ourselves.   All other conflicts stem from one or more of these areas. Christian leaders are far more effective in dealing with daily struggles if we start by identifying the root causes and then develop resolutions that deal with the real problems rather than the symptoms.

The minister’s candidate conference call this month will focus on conflicts in Christian leadership. Post any questions you have about conflicts in leadership or ministry and we will address them specifically.

Blessings,

Dr. David M. Smuin
President
NCCChurch.org
@DaveSmuin
blogging at www.pastordave.smuin.org
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Comments 8

Pastor Dave Smuin on Friday, 19 October 2012 14:55

Unfortunately, it is a topic we need to learn in the Church. It is a reality. We are all still fallen people who fight the war of the flesh. Conflict will happen in the church, it's dealing with it in a godly way? The call was rich. I thought the Holy Spirit brought out some great and very important points and principles. They all work, I've used them! The story of Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15 ministered to me. Thanks for pointing that out Dr. Dave.
Praise The Lord,
Gary Salerno

Unfortunately, it is a topic we need to learn in the Church. It is a reality. We are all still fallen people who fight the war of the flesh. Conflict will happen in the church, it's dealing with it in a godly way? The call was rich. I thought the Holy Spirit brought out some great and very important points and principles. They all work, I've used them! The story of Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15 ministered to me. Thanks for pointing that out Dr. Dave. Praise The Lord, Gary Salerno
Pastor Dave Smuin on Friday, 19 October 2012 00:43

Hi Angela,

I'm not sure I fully understand the situation. I will ask for more details in the conference call tonight. Thanks for the questions.

Dr. Dave

Hi Angela, I'm not sure I fully understand the situation. I will ask for more details in the conference call tonight. Thanks for the questions. Dr. Dave
Pastor Dave Smuin on Friday, 19 October 2012 01:57

I apologize for any confusion in my question this evening, Dr. Dave. However, you did answer my question perfectly without even realizing it. Thank you, it was a great discussion topic.

I apologize for any confusion in my question this evening, Dr. Dave. However, you did answer my question perfectly without even realizing it. :D Thank you, it was a great discussion topic.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 18 October 2012 23:50

My church had a split when the board members of my church asked our senior pastor's son (who was currently pastoring a church in North Carolina) to come take over as lead pastor so that he and his wife could help our church get out of some financial struggles and be able to continue our ministry. As church leaders, how should we handle that type of situation, if or when we are faced with it?

My church had a split when the board members of my church asked our senior pastor's son (who was currently pastoring a church in North Carolina) to come take over as lead pastor so that he and his wife could help our church get out of some financial struggles and be able to continue our ministry. As church leaders, how should we handle that type of situation, if or when we are faced with it?
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 18 October 2012 20:03

In my experience when conflict arises its not taken care of properly (Matthew 18) and eventually one of the parties leave, sometimes this takes place over years...Can be very trying at times...I cant be the Holy Spirit in someone else though, LORD help me to speak truth with much grace and mercy and leave the result up to You...look forward to discussion tonight.

In my experience when conflict arises its not taken care of properly (Matthew 18) and eventually one of the parties leave, sometimes this takes place over years...Can be very trying at times...I cant be the Holy Spirit in someone else though, LORD help me to speak truth with much grace and mercy and leave the result up to You...look forward to discussion tonight.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 18 October 2012 11:07

Where do you draw the line when it comes to important doctrinal issues? I find myself struggling to find leaders in Christian ministry in my local area who truly share the complete gospel. It is as though many would rather keep the seats filled than challenge their attendees to test themselves and see if they are in the faith and truly following Jesus or if they just went up and said an emotional repeat after me prayer once, where declared saved by the pastor and then have no change in their relationship with sin at all. How do I deal with this inevitable conflict as I prepare to enter into ministry in this environment?

Where do you draw the line when it comes to important doctrinal issues? I find myself struggling to find leaders in Christian ministry in my local area who truly share the complete gospel. It is as though many would rather keep the seats filled than challenge their attendees to test themselves and see if they are in the faith and truly following Jesus or if they just went up and said an emotional repeat after me prayer once, where declared saved by the pastor and then have no change in their relationship with sin at all. How do I deal with this inevitable conflict as I prepare to enter into ministry in this environment?
Pastor Dave Smuin on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:44

Great question Bonnie.

This is one of the hardest things to deal with in marriage conflicts, friendships and in the workplace. Christian leadership is no different. When one person isn't willing to work on a resolution or holds onto unforgiveness and bitterness it gets tough. We will chat about this on the conference call. Apparently there are not many conflicts with the candidates! That may be good or an indication that there is rough times ahead

Great question Bonnie. This is one of the hardest things to deal with in marriage conflicts, friendships and in the workplace. Christian leadership is no different. When one person isn't willing to work on a resolution or holds onto unforgiveness and bitterness it gets tough. We will chat about this on the conference call. Apparently there are not many conflicts with the candidates! That may be good or an indication that there is rough times ahead:)
Guest - Bonnie Pope on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 17:30

Conference call question:

What is the best way to resolve a conflict when only one of the two parties is willing to try?

Conference call question: What is the best way to resolve a conflict when only one of the two parties is willing to try?
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