One of the more popular subjects we talk about on Pastors.com is the issue of church conflict. In His family, God has brought together people with different backgrounds, personalities, viewpoints, and feelings about life and then He has challenged us to accept one another, prefer one another, and to think of the needs of others before our own.
Because we’re naturally selfish and have inherited a nasty sin nature, we struggle to maintain peace in our relationships. BUT… God has also offered us redemption in Jesus Christ, which means that the entire person is redeemed. He’s also granted us the ever-present Holy Spirit to guide us, give us wisdom, and remind us to have compassion toward others. So while conflict is uncomfortable, it’s also inevitable and solvable.
Bill Elliff has written an excellent guide that includes his personal reflections on navigating the waters of church conflict as well as practical and usable wisdom. I don’t know a Pastor who can’t use help in this area, especially when that help comes from a seasoned veteran and leader the caliber of Bill.
In his own words…
This book was borne out of multiple experiences as a pastor and also hundreds of hours of counseling pastors who have faced conflict in leading their churches forward. It is designed as a tool to give church leaders hope, direction, and confidence to “shepherd the flock of God among you.”
Shepherd, you need help with this, and Whitewater: Navigating the Waters of Church Conflict is an ideal tool to assist you.
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