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Addressing conflict

Conflict is an inevitable part of life. And it seems to be especially prevalent in faith communities? Why? Because there are deeply held values and identities, group dynamics and family systems. Mix that all together and the potential for conflict increases. But your faith can also be a wonderful resource for addressing conflict situations.

Leaders need conflict-management skills that will enable them to be healthy leaders. Healthy leaders in turn enable members to be respectful in conflict situations. And when members have conflict-resolution skills, it makes for even more creative and positive interactions.

The processes used to address conflict within the uniqueness of a faith community are important to the final outcome. Don't know where to start? Keep in mind four things:

  1. God is always an encouraging presence.
  2. The only person you can really change is yourself. Be aware of your own responses and how they affect others. Take responsibility for your contributions to a conflict, and you will make a difference.
  3. You can't go back to change things, but you can go forward. Be committed to the process.
  4. Having conflict management skills ensures that you will be better prepared to deal confidently with conflict at the beginning before it seems overwhelming.

Visit www.grebel.uwaterloo.ca/certificate or call 519-885-0220 ext. 2454.

 

 
 
 
 

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