June 3, 2010

How You Can Convert Conflict Into Ministry Opportunities

Church Executive Magazine
Nathan A. Adams IV
Religious Institutions Partner Nathan Adams authored a Church Executive article titled, "How You Can Convert Conflict Into Ministry Opportunities."

Church conflict is among the worst kinds, wrapped up as it usually is in theological certainty about the rectitude of each side's views. Outsiders consider the conflict hypocritical. Insiders wind-up disillusioned and sometimes wash-out. Entire congregations vanish.

What if more churches viewed conflict as itself a ministry opportunity? Churches have the choice to do exactly this and, in so doing, to put teeth behind a commonly stated preference to resolve conflict without resorting to courts. In this article, Dr. Adams discusses Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the context of religious institutions.

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