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Resolving Church Conflict
When should you bend, and when stand strong?
JoHannah Reardon | posted 9/20/2011
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Pastor Jay asked to meet with the couple again. "Thank you for being honest enough to come to me with your concerns," he said. He pointed out that God had used them to show him he should reach out more to the women of the church. About his preaching, he asked them to be patient with him and to pray for him as he learned how to communicate more clearly. (Unknown to Pastor Jay, his wife had written the couple about what a great husband he was, which solved the issue of his marriage.)

The couple left the office content. They had aired their concerns and felt that they received honest answers to their questions. They gradually began to trust Pastor Jay's leadership in the church. Pastor Jay felt grateful; he knew the couple could have decided there was too big a gulf between them and left the church. But even then, he felt good that at least he had handled the situation as well as possible.

JoHannah Reardon, a pastor's wife, is the managing editor of She blogs at and is the author of seven fictional books and a family devotional guide.

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