I see the people I work with as more than just coworkers. After being at my current place of employment they feel more like family and friends. Just like family and friends there are times when we laugh together, and other times where you could cut the tension with a knife. Conflict is inevitable, especially if you work in a church. You are dealing with relationships and saving lives, and it will get personal.
I’ve found that in these times of conflict I can take two approaches:
Run And Hide, hoping it will all go away. I find that never works; yet I still try it.
Lean In, and face the situation before it escalates into anything regrettable or destructive.
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Josh and Kurt offer some great practical steps when dealing with conflict. It’s important for us to take the high road, lift up the other person, and seek God’s healing. On top of those suggestions I would add:
The last thing you want to do is talk with someone you feel tension toward (unless it’s to chew them out). But if you don’t get the communication rolling it’ll make the situation worse. When there is a break in communication two things can fill the gap: TRUST or SUSPICION. To ensure it’s trust lean in, work with them, and keep the communication flowing.