When the Conflict Involves You...

Practical guidelines for leading in a difficult situation

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Conflict is a normal part of small-group life. In fact, if we don't have conflict, someone is not being honest. People are just too different from one another to avoid it completely.

Personally, I do not like conflict. It makes me feel, well, conflicted! At the same time, I believe that understanding the nature of conflict and being prepared to deal with it as a small-group leader, coach, or staff person is essential for people's spiritual growth and for a small-group ministry to thrive.

The following guidelines have been helpful for me in dealing with conflict, and I hope they can help you as well in your small-group leadership role.

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