When Conflict Occurs

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no gossiper, quarreling quiets down. – Proverbs 26:20

Typically, as organizations go through crises (i.e., economic downturns, transitions related to growth, changes in leadership), there is a lot of chatter. Most of this is welcomed, important, and vital as everyone works toward helpful solutions; however, some of the talk can be negative and counterproductive.

There will always be challenges, personal and corporate, for individuals and entities seeking to accomplish God’s purposes. Sometimes these challenges will result in differences of opinion, which is actually a good thing. Often it is in the differences that the best approach is found; however, the negative “pot-stirring” of a contentious individual (or group) can serve to magnify the differences and work against the common unity that is necessary to move forward. Even the best of leaders can be drawn into the unholy fray and often are. Since conflict is common (and often necessary) health cannot be achieved through the absence of it, but rather through godly management.

Though the issues that give rise to conflict are rarely simple, leaders must remain steadfast, faithful, and humble in their service to Christ when they find themselves in the midst of it. Growth and health require constant attention and diligence, but ultimately, by His sovereign grace, God will get the glory and His work will continue if those who lead honestly acknowledge their part in it, embrace the change that is needed, and choose a righteous path forward.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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