Christ desires for your church to be united.
In a prayer to God at the Last Supper, the night of his arrest, Jesus prayed that “all of them (future believers) may be one…I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one…May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17: 20-23.
If your mission as a Church is to reach the lost and tell others about Jesus, unity is an important piece. Christ says others will know him as they see the unity of the believers. Unity has to be a priority, a foundational aspect of the goals you set.
Church leaders desire for your church to be united.
Why then is there often a struggle for peace? Unity and peace are often seen as a byproduct of other actions. Leaders believe: If we are following God’s will, there will be peace. If we are reaching the lost, there will be unity. However, personal agendas and desires often interfere with the goal. Instead, you can first create a plan for unity. You can create steps to resolve conflict in a godly manner. Then, as you work to achieve your goals, unity will prevail and you will not be stopped by conflict. Your actions will be a byproduct of your quest for peace, instead of the other way around.
Church members desire for your church to be united.
Why then do we struggle to overcome conflict? Conflict will always surface when people are interacting with one another. Churches often go to Matthew 18:15-17 as a complete policy on resolution. While helpful, it is a piece toward the whole. A plan toward conflict will help move your group toward peace and help prepare for the next time. Just as we each prepare for the birth of a child, for the first day of school or for retirement, we must also prepare for conflict. One approach is not enough. There needs to be an understanding and acceptance of God’s guidelines for peace.
So why aren’t you united?
Blocks to unity can be conflicts, personal agendas, misunderstandings, jealousy, personal grudges, and the list goes on. Christ’s goal of unity leads to showing others the face of God. If we are caught in a cycle that bypasses peace, we are limiting our mission and vision. To fully live out your church mission, you need to find a way to break from these conflicts. You will never stop them, but you can approach them with a goal to transform and restore.
Conflict interferes with unity.
Be the church Christ wants by making a change.
Transform your church’s approach to dealing with conflict.
Restore relationships previously hampered by conflict.
Be the church Christ prayed for.
Be one, as Christ and the Father are one. Be brought to complete unity so the world will know Christ was sent and loved by God. (John 17:20-23)
A Place in the Conversation will help you customize a plan based on your current situation. We can give you the tools to work through a current problem or plan toward future issues. With our unique program, we will work alongside you giving you what you need for your circumstance. You can choose a plan that meets the needs of your staff, your resources and your budget.