Avoiding Splits – Fighting Fair in Church: Guidelines for an Effective Church Peacemaking-Mediation Process

by Dianne Mason. The African American Pulpit.

This article addresses the problem of church conflict and the lack of training for pastors to handle it.


overview of the ministry of reconciliation, biblically-based resolution process, benefits and steps of mediation

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of evangelical and African American congregations



Suggested Uses

  • Consider if your congregation needs to hire an outside mediator after gaining a deeper understanding of how mediation works and situations that should not be handled by a mediator.
  • Resolve conflict through a biblical approach by applying the suggestions of this article to the situation at hand.

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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