Church Leader Mediation
Just like personal relationships, congregations are not exempt from conflict; even though thousands of churches close their doors every year due to any one of a hundred reasons, they will always be here. Church leaders face stress and conflict every day. Sometimes they need help from someone outside of their congregation to help them work through conflicts. Conflicts that occur between people are usually handled by one party going to the other to talk through the issue. This is the process called for in Matthew 18. That being said, sometimes there is a need for a neutral third party to help overcome issues and allow the parties to work for a resolution.
The world is changing and the culture has been greatly affected. What worked in the past for the church no longer works today. Congregations are faced with changing or dying. Rather than deal with issues, many churches have turned inward trying to maintain what they once had. This escalates the trend downward toward death. Church leaders need the opportunity to step back review their situation in order to make the necessary changes. A church consultant can help them do that. The Consultant will facilitate meetings, listen to them, listen to the membership, ask hard questions, and utilize tools to survey church and ministry health. The leaders are able to it all on the table in a safe environment which will enable them to deal with the issues that affect the church.
Jim Kuykendall has a passion for helping churches work through their issues, because he believes that churches are vital for the growth and transformation of the community. He has specific training regarding the issues facing the church and its leaders. He serves as an Elder in the church he attends and has had firsthand experience with church conflict and conflict resolution. He uses a facilitative approach to help the leadership find the root causes of their problems, and uses resources available to him in assisting the process. He does this by spending the necessary time with those involved, however long it takes - whether it be over a weekend, several days, or longer.
Issues facing the church today can include the following:
- The need to renew their vision and mission
- Assistance in staff performance reviews
- A downward trend in attendance
- Conflict within the congregation or the leadership
- Issues due to expansion or building campaigns
- A change in leadership or Minister/Pastor
- Changes in the culture of society and the church
- Outdated or ineffective programs and ministries
- Lack of member involvement
CHURCH COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE
Jim has extensive history and experience in the church, provides a substantial basis for his ability to provide Church Mediation Service.
- Serves as an Elder at Grace Crossing Community Church of Christ
- Co-founder and past board Chairman/Member of Leadership Training for Christ organization working with youth in leadership development