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(RNS) The dysfunction of Congress is just a highly public instance of a typical conflict scenario. I recently compiled some basics of church conflict. See if you agree with me that this playbook applies broadly. By Tom Ehrich.

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Tom Ehrich

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is

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  1. […] An early casualty of a church conflict, however, is that very mechanism for resolving conflict. Both senior pastor and board come under pressure to take sides against each other. Doing so prevents them from seeing larger issues and collaborating on resolution. Eventually, there is “no grown-up in the room,” just anxious and angry combatants who are intent on winning. [More] […]