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How to handle differences within the church wisely and well.

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Doing Community Behind Bars

Doing Community Behind BarsSubscriber Access Only

Prison ministry demands really practical theology.
Not in Her Right Mind

Not in Her Right Mind

How one church responded to an unexpected encounter with mental illness.
Preemptive Peace Strikes

Preemptive Peace StrikesSubscriber Access Only

How to stop unhealthy conflict from sneaking into your ministry.
The Lost Art of Pastoral Correction

The Lost Art of Pastoral Correction

Shepherding sometimes means loving discipline.
Dancing in the Rain

Dancing in the Rain

Erwin McManus on how being "naked and unashamed" led to new faith, new life, and new believers.
Learning to Lament

Learning to Lament

How my church's violent neighborhood led us to discover the power of lament.
It's Not Your Fault

It's Not Your FaultSubscriber Access Only

11 practical tips for ministering to those suffering domestic violence.
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Our editors have compiled our best on Conflict & Crisis topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

War of the Baseball Caps

War of the Baseball CapsSubscriber Access Only

An unorthodox problem prompts one pastor to answer the question, "Do I pastor a church, or do I pastor a collection of individuals?"

The Good FightSubscriber Access Only

4 spiritual disciplines to keep fights from scarring your soul.
Mark Buchanan explains how heartbreak, giddiness, hardness, and humility can help pastors respond appropriately to church conflits.
When Community Strife Divides the Church

When Community Strife Divides the ChurchSubscriber Access Only

Timothy McQuade details how churces can keep the peace (and when necessary, restore peace) when community crises threaten to divide the congregation.
The Best Defense

The Best DefenseSubscriber Access Only

How to keep the contentious from poisoning your church.
Marshall Shelley points to practical ways pastors can protect the church from common and destructive issues.
Losing Control

Losing ControlSubscriber Access Only

A pastor's worst nightmare leads to a new beginning.
When a church is faced with not one but two charges of sexual misconduct, riding out the storm is not easy. For Neighbour and his church, it wouldn't have been possible without the support of another congregation.
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Changing Notions of Community

Changing Notions of Community

Guiding church in a time of declining attendance.
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