Oftentimes, there is a preconceived notion that conflict always results in negative outcomes. While conflict should be avoided to the best of your ability, there are ways to handle it properly. Conflict can even produce positive outcomes if it is handled correctly. The problem is, we often enter conflict with our emotions running high and our feelings hurt. When this happens, we lose control of the conflict, and let the conflict control us. This is why preparing for conflict in ministry is so imperative.
As you think about the concept of preparing for conflict in ministry, you may wonder if that seems counterproductive. This idea can often seem like you are getting ready to fight or to attack someone. When we discuss the importance of preparing for conflict, we are not recommending that you prepare for conflict from an offensive standpoint. Instead, we simply want you to be prepared to deal with conflict when it inevitably arises.
Preparing for conflict has a lot to do with your personal life. While there are multiple systematic approaches to dealing with conflict, preparing for conflict is more personal and spiritual. What can you do in your life to ensure that you are ready for conflict? How can you prepare yourself to generate positive outcomes from the conflict that arises? Is the condition of your heart conducive to effective conflict resolution? These are the types of questions we want to help you answer as you seek to improve with conflict resolution. Preparedness is key!
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Our goal is to provide you with some key insight on how to prepare for conflict in ministry. This is a concept that involves personal and spiritual disciplines. Along with those disciplines, there are some practical guidelines to follow. This video contains five fundamental ways to prepare for conflict in ministry.
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