All posts from “conflict”

Establishing an Arbitration Policy for Church Staff Disputes

January 15, 2013 8:00 AM

This article is taken from Richard Hammar’s Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards eBook. For this eBook and other cutting-edge eBooks for church staffs, boards, and clergy, view our online catalog. Disputes occasionally arise between church employees,...

"Clergy Killers”—and the Church

December 18, 2012 8:00 AM

Research conducted in recent years by two different organizations paints a disturbing picture about certain conflicts between pastors and small factions within their churches. The in-fighting often festers long enough that many pastors wind up pushed out. Researchers at Texas...

Ken Sande Gets “Upstream of Conflict”

September 17, 2012 9:00 AM

Editor’s Note: On July 31, Ken Sande officially stepped down as president and chief executive officer of Peacemaker Ministries, the ministry he started in 1982 as a way to resolve conflict and bring reconciliation and healing, particularly in church...

Don’t Jump to Assumptions

August 20, 2012 8:00 AM

The issue is not that we make assumptions. The issue is that a lot of times they are wrong. We often misinterpret one another. We add underlying meaning or subtext that was never intended. In other words, we often go...

Redeeming Even the Messiest Church Conflicts

July 17, 2012 8:00 AM

Over the years we have seen the best and worst responses to conflict from our brothers and sisters in Christ. But the story of one conflicted church, a church we will call Lakeview Community Church (LCC), stands out from the...

When the Church Needs a Doctor

July 10, 2012 8:00 AM

Bill Wilson, president of the Center for Congregational Health and keynote speaker at this year’s annual National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) conference in Houston, Texas, July 10-14, talks about what it means to be a healthy church and...

'Most Significant Religious Case in 20 Years'

July 13, 2011 8:00 AM

A news article from the July edition of Christianity Today covers the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision to accept a teacher's appeal regarding an unfair firing claim against a Michigan elementary school run by a church. At stake: How...

Supreme Court Tackles 'Ministerial Exception'

April 21, 2011 8:00 AM

Courts have generally recognized a rule known as the "ministerial exception" when it comes to employment lawsuits in churches. Because of the First Amendment, many judges have considered it inappropriate to rule in these disputes, especially when their rulings may...

Should Churches Avoid Discipline for Legal Fears?

March 24, 2011 8:00 AM

The March/April issue of Catalyst Leadership focuses on the topic of "Crisis," and features an interview with Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministries. Ken is also an editorial advisor for Christianity Today International's Church Management Team. The interviewer asks...

Part 4: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

July 1, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization. In a four-part series that started three weeks ago, he explained what Fairhaven sought to...

Part 3: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

June 24, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization. In a four-part series that started two weeks ago, he explained what Fairhaven sought to...

Part 2: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

June 17, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization. Last week, we published the first in a four-week series on what Fairhaven sought to...

Part 1: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

June 10, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization, and reflected on the changes through his blog, http://visionmeetsreality.org. Starting today, and continuing for the...

8 Resources for Peacefully Resolving Church Conflicts

May 11, 2010 8:00 AM

In our ongoing conversations with church leaders, as well as our collaboration with colleagues at Leadership Journal, OutofUr.com, and BuildingChurchLeaders.com, we know conflict remains one of the biggest detractors from a healthy church office environment. So we're keenly aware...

A Case Study: When Shortfalls Cloud the Big Picture

April 29, 2010 1:40 PM

The Scenario Mike Newson* and the rest of the leadership of Trinity Church were at a crossroads. It was January—midway through the fiscal year—and Trinity’s income projections weren’t looking any better. It seemed like cuts were inevitable. But the...

Lawsuits in the Church

April 20, 2010 7:40 AM

By all accounts, America has become the most litigious society on the face of the earth. In the last decade, civil caseloads have increased by 33 percent, which is five times faster than the increase in our population. As...

Resolving Conflict in the Church Office

December 1, 2009 8:45 AM

The scenario that got both Sally and Jim both terminated from their company could have run like this: Jim: All I said was that I needed the documents, completed and signed, by tomorrow night. Sally: Don’t tell me that’s...