From the Director’s Desk – October 2013

“The better able team members are to engage, speak, listen, hear, interpret, and respond constructively, the more likely their teams are to leverage conflict rather than be leveled by it”  Runde and Flanagan.

The topic of Communication was highlighted in September’s MissionMover.  On the heels of that emphasis, Conflict Management and Resolution is highlighted for October.  The two topics are intricately woven together.  We live in a conflict-ridden society where every entity, including the Church, is riddled with strife, dissolution, discord, and grand-standing.  The above-referenced quote speaks to the possibility of allowing conflict to become a launching pad for positive dialogue and change.  The more skilled a person is in communication, the better able that person is to reduce conflict and/or leverage it for the benefit of all.  We can only be and we are responsible for our part in resolving conflict issues.  This means that along with the skill development of active listening, interpreting and meaningful engagement in conversation, the attitudes taught in Scripture must also be exhibited; i.e. “one-anothering,” humility, compassion, etc.

Reconciliation and restoration are at the heart of God’s Mission.  We are on that Mission with Him and must choose to grow in grace in areas where brokenness, fractures and fragmentations have occurred.  I trust the materials on Conflict Resolution will be beneficial to you.

We are also featuring Dr. Terry Walling.  Dr. Walling leads Leader Breakthru and is currently engaged with the School for Leadership Development as we embrace the goal of all leaders being able to Finish Well!  The exorbitant figure 67% speaks to the number of leaders who do not finish well.  Some do not finish at all.  Others find themselves compromised in a myriad of ways.  We want to influence and invest in our leaders so that the number 67% continually reduces itself and is replaced by more and more leaders enabled to and fulfilled in staying the course!

We pray that in this month of October you will take the time for little breaks and pay attention to the beauty and blessings all around you—nature and people alike!  Feel free to leave your comments.  We read them and take them seriously.  Many have commented that the website is fabulous and needs more pictures.  We are updating and upgrading that in the next couple of months.  You will notice that our header is updated along with the front page.  Please continue to write to us.  We pray God will bless each of you in ways that you will recognize His Hand for you and His Presence with you!

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