Peacebuilding Communication Leads to Healthy Organizations

by Rick Love I had the privilege of doing mediation, peacemaking, and organizational consulting for a Christian organization recently. We faced a seemingly intractable conflict and dysfunctional organizational practices. As was expected, this led to tense moments and periods of confusion. However, there was success on all three fronts: mediation was accomplished, peace was experienced, […]

Growing Pains, Cultural Diversity & Gifting Fit: Three Challenges for Leaders

There is a fascinating account of wise leadership and conflict resolution in the early church. Acts 6:1-6 describes three kinds of challenges that face leaders continually. The church was growing, cultural diversity was increasing, and old structures were creaking. Here’s what happened: But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking […]

Don’t Get Ambushed: Two Things You Can Do When Sparks Fly on Your Team

Leaders disagree, sparks fly, and teams divide. Been there. Done that. But take heart. Even great leaders clash. Two of my favorite leaders in the Bible, Paul and Barnabas, had a “sharp disagreement” that led to a team split. What can we learn from their pain? Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us […]