How to Deal with Conflict Within Your Ministry
We hate to have to face conflict in ministry. Conflict is a natural part of any relationship, including ministry relationships. However, when conflict arises in ministry, it can be difficult to know how to handle it. Here are some tips on how to deal with conflict within your ministry:
- Acknowledge the conflict. The first step to dealing with conflict is to acknowledge that it exists. This doesn’t mean that you have to agree with the other person or that you’re responsible for the conflict. However, it does mean that you need to be willing to talk about it.
- Listen to the other person’s perspective. Once you’ve acknowledged the conflict, it’s important to listen to the other person’s perspective. This doesn’t mean that you have to agree with them, but it does mean that you need to try to understand where they’re coming from.
- Express your own perspective. Once you’ve listened to the other person’s perspective, it’s important to express your own perspective. This is your opportunity to share how you feel about the situation and what you think needs to happen.
- Look for common ground. Once you’ve each shared your perspectives, it’s time to find common ground. This is where you can start to find solutions that work for both of you.
- Be willing to compromise. In most cases, conflict can’t be resolved without some compromise. This means that both of you will need to be willing to give a little.
- Seek help if needed. If you cannot resolve the conflict independently, don’t be afraid to seek help from a mediator or counselor.
Dealing with conflict can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that it’s not impossible. By following these tips, you can learn how to deal with conflict healthily and productively.
Here are some additional tips for dealing with conflict within your ministry:
- Choose the right time and place to talk. Don’t try to have a difficult conversation when you’re both stressed or tired. Choose a time when you can both focus on the conversation and when there won’t be any distractions.
- Be respectful. Even if you’re angry or upset, it’s important to be respectful of the other person. This means avoiding name-calling, blaming, and other personal attacks.
- Focus on the issue, not the person. Getting caught up in personal attacks is easy when you’re in conflict. However, it’s essential to focus on the issue at hand, not the person.
- Be willing to forgive. If you’re able to forgive the other person, it will help to heal the conflict and move forward.
Remember, conflict is a normal part of any relationship. However, by following these tips, you can learn how to deal with conflict healthily and productively.
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