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Ideas for Dealing With Church Conflict
By:Chelsei Henderson

Conflict does not exempt the church. Humans, regardless of religion, face miscommunication that results in conflict between two varying viewpoints. As a pastor or leader within the church, you need ideas for dealing with church conflict. You can have those in conflict sit down with each other and try to resolve it, get the leadership involved, get the church involved or deliberate the matter until resolution comes.

Personal Interaction
Before you get too many people involved in resolving the conflict, get the two parties to personally interact. The King James Version of the Bible says in Matthew 18:15, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." With most minor conflicts, having the two parties discuss their feelings will resolve the apprehension.

Leadership Involvement
The passage in Matthew goes on to say in the next verse, "But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." When two church members cannot express feelings privately, sometimes church leaders must become involved. Take the pastor and a small group leader, or other wise member, to sit down with the members in an attempt to resolve the conflict.

Church Discipline
Matthew continues in one more verse to take resolving conflict between two parties a step further. The writer says, "And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church." At times, when conflict between two parties cannot be solved personally or through wise counsel, the church should know about it. The pastor should call a meeting, either after service or on a separate night, and bring the conflict before the congregation. This gives the members of your church an awareness of the conflict, and provides the opportunity for their advice on resolution.

Deliberate the Matter
Sometimes, a conflict comes from a direct wrong on one party's side. However, Christians still have the same emotions as people of other faiths. Therefore, it stands to reason that not everyone will always see things the same way, whether it be on a decision or simply a clashing of personalities. During an instance where neither party is in a direct wrong, deliberate the matter. Having both sides sit down and explain their views can bring about resolution.