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  • Writer's pictureDr. Neal Nybo

Why not address underlying challenges before they become larger conflicts?: from Shut Tight

The need addressed here is not resolution but its precursors: identification of the problem and preparation of members and leaders to be willing and able to embrace the necessary change. one presbytery's executive officer referred to this need in a public email to pastors and elders in the Presbytery:

Often, we don’t get notified of difficulties in congregations until after there is significant or public conflict. Instead of being able to work on prevention and resolution, we have to work on damage control, restoration, and recovery. There is a need at the Presbytery level for voluntary intervention and training that equips congregation members and leaders to recognize and address underlying challenges before becoming larger conflicts.[5]

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