May 20, 2015

Vital Practices Digest: 5 Resources for Conflict in Congregations

Conflict in Congregations

In this month’s Vital Practices Digest, we’re sharing 5 ways congregations can address or manage conflict while also building trust and well-being. Our 5[1] resource is offered to help congregations strengthen their practice of year round stewardship.

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1. Confronting the Clergy-Congregational Conflict

Conflicts in leadership styles can bring a congregation to a brink. “Confronting the Clergy-Congregational Conflict" examines how effective lay and clergy team leadership may be an answer to this problem.

2. No More Parking Lot Conversations

“Churches have a responsibility to model Christ like behaviors and when we don’t, we pay a heavy price.” “No More Parking Lot Conversations” looks at how congregational leaders can build in effective practices for healthy behavior and respect.

3. Death by a Thousand Cuts Far too often the instrument of torture in congregations is nitpicking negativity. “Death by a Thousand Cuts” suggests that leaders examine whether these are preventable problems or symptoms of systemic issues.

4. Building Strong Teams: A Tool for Identifying and Addressing Five Common Areas of Dysfunction A leadership team’s capacity to move into the future depends on its ability to function effectively. “Building Strong Teams: A Tool for Identifying and Addressing Five Common Areas of Dysfunction” provides a diagnostic tool to help leaders deal with team dysfunction.


5. Pledging: Should Clergy Know?

Good stewardship includes understanding the financial health of the congregation and its members. “Pledging: Should Clergy Know” shares the collective knowledge and advice topic from church fundraising professionals on this sometimes controversial topic.

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