The Central East Region has a number of resource pages on a variety of topics important to congregational life. These are "top suggested resources" prepared by the program manager for that area. Each month we'll be highlighting one of the pages.
Up this month - Conflict Engagement and How to Have Difficult Conversations. These resource pages are managed by Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson.
From the page: Conflict is natural and exists in each and every congregation offering opportunities for growth and change. The goal for congregations is to develop a keen awareness of unhealthy conflict so that it can be diffused before it blows up into a major crisis. Congregations often miss the cues ignoring the patterns of behavior that lead to conflict that often escalates into crisis level.
Congregational Conflict Transformation begins with engagement. Knowing when—and who—to ask for help is often the first step. From there, commitment through covenant can begin to restore community as the work of conflict transformation begins. Your Congregational Life staff is ready to support you. Learn more at the CER website.