Conference Table participants wrestle with conflict [Feb. 17, 2006; e-Review Florida UMNS {0444} ]



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Conference Table participants wrestle with conflict [Feb. 17, 2006; e-Review Florida UMNS {0444} ]
02-20-2006

I have heard and read about the differences in 'labeled' generations for a number of years. Included are Seniors, Builders, Boomers ... to name a few. However, it wasn't until I attended a seminar led by Reggie McNeal that those differences became real clear. That helped me clarify that much of the conflict we experience is because of these differences. Rather than honor and respect the viewpoint of someone older or younger we tend to butt heads because we know that 'our' way is the correct way and instead of working toward the goal of 'loving God — loving people — and making disciples, we are concerned with 'how' we are to accomplish those goals. Another excellent resource in understanding conflict is "Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal with Destructive Conflict" written by Kenneth Haugk. Conflict in and of itself is not bad. It is when we do not work through an issue at hand because we want to avoid conflict that things become potentially destructive.

Kathy Boyles
Lake Helen United Methodist Church




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