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How to handle differences within the church wisely and well.

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What I Learned in the Fire

What I Learned in the Fire

When pastoring a church plant became a living hell, I thought I was done with ministry.
Transforming Failure

Transforming Failure

How God used a painful season of ministry to change my life.
At Gunpoint

At Gunpoint

Called into a tense standoff, the only weapons I had were listening and love.
The Widowmaker Repents

The Widowmaker Repents

After decades of dysfunction, one church publicly confessed its mistreatment of former ministers.
Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness

The church is filled with difficult marriages—and we need to stop hiding it.
Shooting in the Fellowship Hall

Shooting in the Fellowship Hall

How do you minister in the chaos after violence at your church?
The Growth at Cliffside

The Growth at CliffsideSubscriber Access Only

What happens when growing pains become serious?
Electronic Warfare

Electronic WarfareSubscriber Access Only

How email and blogs complicate conflict, and what to do about it.
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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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Between Two Worlds

Between Two WorldsSubscriber Access Only

How two pastors are helping people integrate faith and work.
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