Churches are supposed to represent Christ’s bride. For some however, this image might conjure up an unhealthy persona of perfect, holier-than-thou people coming together to worship God. Anyone who has attended church knows the church is filled with less than perfect people. With those imperfections come biases, personal opinions and preferences that often result in conflict.
Because of this, many churches don’t handle conflict effectively. They often sweep it under the rug or the pastor handles it like a king on a throne—handing down decrees and flexing his power like a tyrant. However, some churches that are healthy handle it effectively. Here are some steps churches can take to handle conflict in the best way possible:
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