Levels of Conflict - Based on the work of Speed Leas

by Robert Gallagher.

This article summarizes Speed Leas' work on the five levels of congregational conflict.


a chart of the five levels with symptoms of each level and helpful responses

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Conduct an assessment and plan for management of a congregational conflict by using this article as a guide.
  • Determine what additional resources are needed and whether to seek help from an outside professional by referring to the chart on page three.

About the Contributor

Wendy McCormick

Wendy McCormick is the Center for Congregations’ southwest Indiana director. She has an interest in congregational fundraising and stewardship, including planned giving.

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