Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Biblical Conflict Resolution

Conflict in the Church

As we follow our purpose to encourage people to follow Jesus together, conflict inevitably arises.  Why?  Because the church is full of humans, sinners saved by grace.  Individually, we have not yet grown under God's grace into the image of Christ, where we exhibit a perfect love for God and for others. Therefore, certain actions or inactions can oftentimes produce conflict between two individuals in the church or between individuals and the leaders of the church.
 
When conflict occurs, it is incumbent upon each of us, as Christians, to handle the conflict in a Biblical way that brings resolution, and not in a way that brings division.  Below, you will see a chart showing the Path of Conflict, followed by our Conflict Resolution Policy, which is the Biblical way to engage and resolve conflict in the church.  

 

The Path of Conflict

 

 

Biblical Conflict Resolution

Aldersgate UMC

Conflict Resolution Policy & Practice

Ephesians 4:1-3, commands believers to “...live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Therefore, there shall be no issues of conflict resolution brought before the SPRC or any Administrative or Ministry Team before it has gone through the agreed upon Conflict Resolution Policy based on Matthew 18:15-18 which states that:

1) The persons involved talk to one another directly.

2) If still not resolved, one or two members of the appropriate Administrative or Ministry Team can be present to make sure both parties are truly listening and hearing the other.

3) If still not resolved, then the matter may be brought before SPRC or appropriate Administrative/Ministry Team for resolution.

4) If still not resolved, the Leadership Team is the fourth step in conflict resolution.

5) The District Superintendent is the connectional level fifth step in conflict resolution.