Say what now? I thought conflict was something to be avoided at all costs!
Yesterday I attended a District Clergy meeting that included a presentation on the 'gifts' of conflict. One of our Conference Consultants gave a very thoughtful presentation encouraging us not to run from conflicts in our churches, but to use them as ways to bring about change, healing and growth. It sounds good, right. But how do you do it?
It was timely for me since our beloved Contemporary Service has been experiencing some conflict. During our times of re-visioning and listening we have learned that we do not all agree. There have been times of conflict, lots of love, a fair amount of anxiety and plenty of grace to go around. One thing I have found to be helpful is to name the conflict so it is at least out in the open.
If nothing else, this District Clergy day was a day apart for me. A day away from the conflict. A day to learn and to enjoy my clergy colleagues. Coming back into the 'fray' I have determined not to be overwhelmed by the conflict, but to see it as an opportunity.... for what, I'm not quite sure. But we shall see!