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How do Churches handle Conflicts and Disagreements?

How do Churches handle Conflict

In addressing the question of how churches handle conflicts and disagreements, it is crucial to recognize that the Bible provides clear guidance on this matter. The New Testament, in particular, contains several passages that outline the principles Christians should follow to resolve disputes and maintain unity within the church community. Here are three main takeaways based on Biblical teachings:

  1. Direct Resolution and Forgiveness: Jesus instructs in Matthew 18:15-17 that if a brother sins against you, you should go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. This passage underscores the importance of direct communication and the process of reconciliation within the community.
  2. Love and Unity: Paul emphasizes in Ephesians 4:2-3, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” This verse highlights the attitude Christians should have towards each other, especially in times of conflict. It calls for humility, gentleness, patience, and a commitment to love and unity.
  3. Peace and Edification: In Romans 14:19, Paul writes, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” This encourages believers to seek peace and to build each other up, rather than tearing down or causing division. It is a reminder that our actions and decisions in conflict should aim towards the edification of the church and the well-being of its members.

From these Biblical principles, three main takeaways can be derived for handling conflicts and disagreements within churches:

  1. Engage in Direct and Compassionate Communication: Address issues directly with those involved, seeking resolution and reconciliation with a spirit of love and forgiveness.
  2. Foster an Atmosphere of Humility and Patience: Approach conflicts with humility, being slow to anger and quick to listen. Patience and understanding can pave the way for peaceful resolutions.
  3. Prioritize Unity and Edification: In all matters of dispute, the ultimate goal should be to maintain unity in the Spirit and to contribute to the building up of one another in faith and love.

These Biblical teachings and principles provide a solid foundation for Christians to handle conflicts and disagreements within the church, emphasizing reconciliation, love, and the pursuit of peace and unity.


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