Congregations become involved in tensions over music, versions of the Bible, dress codes, and other cultural differences. You may view conflict as demoralizing, humiliating, or something to fear.
Without this understanding, those who tend to use high-context starting points may be looking for shades of meaning that are not present, and those who prefer low-context communication may miss important nuances of meaning.
Concerns that are cultural become biblical issues when the division between cultural values and biblical values becomes clouded. Acknowledging culture and bringing cultural fluency to conflicts can help all kinds of people make more intentional, adaptive choices.
Because conflicts involve perceived threats to our well-being and survival, they stay with us until we face and resolve them. Culture is inextricable from conflict, though it does not cause it.
Banking is rapidly becoming indifferent to the constraints of time, place and currency A Study of History. Conclusion Conflict is a reality in every church, whether it is large or small. Who are the individuals involved? Any attempt to understand a group must take the dimensions of time, context, and individual differences into account.
At national, regional, and international levels, within communities and in non-governmental bodies, the world needs Claude Ake, a leading African critical thinker, has argued in this regard that: Are there divergent goals or fundamentally different ways of seeing the world?
Nations participate in global governance according to their economic power, which is coextensive with their rights. To achieve this, the pastor of a small church must be proactive in conflict resolution. Where low-context communication is the norm, directness is likely to be expected in return.
Again, somewhat paradoxically, globalization lays a foundation for such new thinking by creating a growing awareness of the planet as "one place", a perspective which some have called globalism. They will not embrace a change that is perceived to destroy a relational connection with past and present members who have built the church.
Local transformation is as much a part of globalisation as the lateral extension of social connections across time and space Giddens, How Cultures Work Though largely below the surface, cultures are a shifting, dynamic set of starting points that orient us in particular ways and away from other directions.
Conflict does not need to destroy the ministry of the pastor or the church. When you can recognize the legitimacy of conflicting needs and become willing to examine them in an environment of compassionate understanding, it opens pathways to creative problem solving, team building, and improved relationships.
Furthermore, while there is a case to be made for reducing expensive and inefficient government regulatory structures, the lack of adequate regulatory standards applying across borders does provide an incentive for multinational firms to choose less-regulated operating environments, and involves countries seeking foreign investment in a "race for the bottom" competition to see who can provide the most "free" and least regulated business environment The Economist, July Such periods of change are, by definition, transitional, and are characterized by conflicts of values and interests, which have become widespread and violent.
Conflict can be especially traumatic for the people and pastor as they try to deal with the crisis.
Personalities People disagree because people have different personalities. However, while most dispassionate analysis of the "Global Agenda" calls for closer international cooperation, leadership adequate to the necessary tasks has not yet emerged.
Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, identifies two third-party roles that exist in U. July Culture is an essential part of conflict and conflict resolution.
Furthermore, when they see the issue being resolved by the board, they are less likely to become stressed by the crisis.
There are no right or wrong responses, only the opportunity to become better acquainted with your emotional responses. In many cases, when the tribal chief conflicts with the pastor, the rest of the congregation will support the tribal chief and the pastor becomes isolated from the church and is eventually forced to resign.
Wars, refugees, embargoes, sanctions, weapons of mass destruction, radical ideology, and terrorism all emerge from the crucible of the failing state order Because small churches tend to experience rapid turnover in pastoral leadership, people in the church do not always look to the pastor to provide the stability needed to see the church through difficult times.
Although knowing your own feelings may sound simple, many people ignore or try to sedate strong emotions like anger, sadness, and fear.
Mark Ritchie, for instance, defines globalism as:Conflict Resolution Skills Building the Skills That Can Turn Conflicts into Opportunities. Conflicts arise from differing needs. Everyone needs to feel understood, nurtured, and supported, but the ways in which these needs are met vary widely.
which are evident in different facial expressions? Can you experience intense feelings that. Dealing With Conflict in the Smaller Church. they start seeing the situation as hopeless and soon leave the church or ministry.
They disagree over issues of power and authority. Conflicts can also arise because people are discouraged and morale is low. These can undermine unity within the congregation. The small church is no more.
Conflicts of world views and interests should not, however, be seen as inherently threatening or negative. Indeed many of the tensions of social change are largely unavoidable, and some are undoubtedly creative in their effects.
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit. Culture and Conflict ByCate Malek Based on a longer essay on Culture and Conflict, written by Michelle LeBaron for the Intractable Conflict Knowledge Base Project Updated May by Heidi Burgess Is there trust between us?
Are there divergent goals or fundamentally different ways of seeing the world? Are they assuming things about us. TRIAL ESSAY Conflicts that arise from particular ways of seeing the world are made evident through the shaping of texts. In Barry Levinson’s film “Wag the Dog” and Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11”, it is clear that the perspectives in which the audience views the world create particular conflicts.Download