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Texas church disputes often follow common stages of conflict escalation

Church disputes, if not quickly resolved, escalate through common stages of conflict. An experienced church dispute professional can help solve issues for church before they get worse.
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    January 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Texas church disputes often follow common stages of conflict escalation

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Disagreements, arguments and wrongful acts plague most people and organizations at one point or another. Squabbles within a business or organization can be disruptive and disconcerting to management, coworkers and others within the group and some disagreements can lead to litigation.

Disputes are particularly disturbing when they occur within a church body. Common areas of conflict include finances, decision-making and interpersonal relationships. Although churches generally operate like businesses, due to the intimacy and mission of the church family church disputes are often perceived and handled a little differently than disagreements within other types of entities.

Church conflict stages

Identifying an internal conflict within a church is the first step to effectively resolving the issue. Early recognition and gentle guidance are keys to timely solutions. However, some situations are blown out of proportion and the disagreements are dealt with too late for easy resolutions. Following are common stages church often experience through the escalation process:
-Something does not feel right: General discontent or uneasiness among astute members is often the first indication that something is not quite right. Shrugging off the feeling will not dispense with the issue and careful attention should be paid to ascertain whether a problem actually exists.

-The problem is identified: Once an area of conflict is identified, this is often the best time for those in authority to calmly and respectfully collaborate with members to address the situation. Shoving the issue under the carpet, hoping it will dissipate on its own, is a common mistake at this point. Addressing troubles of such issues as administration, governance or wrongdoing on the part of an employee should be addressed head-on as they arise.

-Someone is blamed: At this stage, members want someone to blame in the hopes that he or she can dispense with the issue without involvement by more people. Those upset by the conflict start avoiding the person or people perceived to be at fault and resentment builds as the conflict drags on. Peacemakers must now strive harder to help others see the varying points of view.

-Members take sides: As the issue escalates, members choose sides, resentment builds and a collaborative resolution is less likely. At this point, an unbiased mediator is usually necessary to help the factions see each other's points of view.

-A line is crossed: At some point, if the dispute is not resolved at an earlier stage, members perceive that a line has been crossed and an all-out battle can ensue. At this point, real damage can occur to the church body, its reputation and its future as a viable, loving church.

Seek experienced assistance

No matter what stage of the conflict process your church may be embroiled, an experienced church dispute lawyer can help. Whether the conflict is internal, or with people or entities outside of the church, seek a lawyer knowledgeable about the intricacies and discretion required for successful resolution of church disputes.

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