Every church will experience conflicts. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth for both individuals and entire churches. Redeeming church conflicts—making something glorious out of something painful—provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.
In this hope-filled and practical book, together with my friend and coauthor, Dave Edling, we explain how the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict provides a clear, godly way for church conflicts to be redeemed. The content is appropriate for both ordained leaders and laypeople, and we include questions for reflection and recommended resources at the end of each chapter:
SECTION 1: PERSPECTIVE (Acts 15:2-4)
1. When Sharp Disputes Begin in the Church
2. Seeking the Wisdom of Others … Is That Wise?
3. Eternity Makes a Difference
4. Actions, Desires, and Beliefs
SECTION 2: DISCERNMENT (Acts 15:5-7a)
5. Much Discussion and Debate
6. Asking Best (Not Just “Right”) Questions
7. Working with Church Groups
8. Moving from Spiritual Blindness to Sights
SECTION 3: LEADERSHIP (Acts 15:7-35)
9. Christian Duty within the Church
10. Shepherd Leadership
11. Biblical Followership
12. Accountability We Should Cherish
SECTION 4: BIBLICAL RESPONSE (Acts 15:11, 16-18)
13. How Can I Glorify God in This Mess?
14. Owning My Contribution to Conflict
15. Speaking the Truth in Love
16. Forgive as Christ Forgives
CONCLUSION: The End of Church Conflict is Never the End (Acts 15:36-41)
Dave and I explain our Acts 15 Model in this brief video:
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I pray that you will study this book carefully and apply its principles in your church with the love and power of Christ. In doing so you can redeem church conflict, turning it into an opportunity for growth, worship, and kingdom expansion.” – Ken Sande, founder of Peacemaker Ministries; author of The Peacemaker