Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes

by Bernard Mayer. Jossey-Bass, 2009.

This book addresses the unique challenges of enduring conflict and equips congregational leaders with tools to minimize conflict avoidance before focusing on the importance of communication and managing power differentials.


challenges of enduring conflict, altering the conflict narrative, focusing on functional communication, negotiating throughout enduring conflict, the emotional needs that come with a long-term dispute, the role of outside consultants

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of congregations dealing with long-term conflict


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Minimize conflict avoidance and address the issue head-on by helping people understand the nature of their specific conflict and how such conflict can create positive opportunities.
  • Discuss if your congregation may need to involve an outside consultant by sharing this book with leadership teams.

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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