Conflict and Change [in Churches]

I’m in this amazing class at Luther called “Church Organization and Leadership” right now. We’re in the midst of a set of lectures and discussions that essentially are the reason I was most excited to take this course in the first place: Conflict and Change. These issues are so, so important to me. Partially because I’ve been a part of a church that exists because of conflict and unhealthy ways of dealing with it. Pissed off 2Partially because I think there are some significant changes that this institution is preparing us as leaders to introduce and implement, and conflict is simply going to happen, because open conflict is a healthy sign of adaptation and engaging within a community. I will likely write more about these things specifically at another point, but for now, I was just surprised to rediscover the following passage from Ephesians. Make note of the bolded text…!

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.” -Ephesians 4:25-27

If you’re pissed, be pissed. That’s normal and fine and good. But then we have to figure out what we’re angry about, and respond in a healthy way.

Oh good… because that’s easy to do.

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