Conflict in Small Groups

Work Through Conflict to Experience Spiritual Growth

Conflict is a necessary part of community, and yet we hate it and avoid it as much as possible. But without conflict, life never develops—we never develop. Consider any movie. There is always conflict. Without it, the characters would never change, and we wouldn't care about them.

More than being afraid of conflict, we're afraid of ugly conflict. But conflict doesn't have to be mean or ugly. Conflict is merely any anxious situation that begs to be resolved. Without it, we never move or progress, and nothing ever gets better. Problems are never identified as problems. Grace, growth, development, ministry, and forgiveness never occur.

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