In this video, Lee Ann Alexander shares three strategies for dealing with moments of conflict with a small group member.
Jesus certainly taught the multitudes, but He pulled twelve disciples in close for optimal growth and discipleship. Books abound on the philosophy and practices of effective small groups, and I wouldn’t be the first to argue discipleship works best in a group where learners can ask questions and talk through their faith. The reality, though, is as members speak freely (and consequently grow) you may encounter difficult or uncomfortable moments. This month we talk about strategies for navigating such potential conflict.
Resources and Links by Lee Ann Alexander
Teaching to Transform Hearts: This book makes the case for reviving the teaching ministry of the church. It challenges us to assess our current teaching methods and effectiveness. And it gives us a wealth of strategies for breathing new life into the classrooms of our churches. As we do so, we follow Jesus’ foundational call to “go therefore and make disciples . . . teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20, NKJV).
More Than Grasshoppers: Who are you? This age-old question haunts people of every walk of life as we seek to understand our identity and purpose. This book answers that question in a fresh, engaging approach. Theological topics such as being made in the image of God, navigating flesh and spirit tensions, and living out holiness in a healthy body image and in our social media are tackled in an easy-to-read, non-technical format. This book will help you discover your identity as an Apostolic child of God. By seeing ourselves as Jesus sees us—loved by Him, made in His image, empowered by the Holy Ghost, and equipped with spiritual gifts—we can triumphantly live out the purpose He has for our lives.