“PREVENTING CONFLICT FROM HAPPENING IN YOUR CHURCH”
BY ATTORNEY/MEDIATOR R. WILLIAM ROLAND (very proud he is my Dad)

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Bill Roland

“PREVENTING CONFLICT FROM HAPPENING IN YOUR CHURCH”
BY ATTORNEY/MEDIATOR R. WILLIAM ROLAND

ARTICLE ON R. WILLIAM ROLAND
http://www.times-herald.com/local/-his-solutions-greater-than—-our-problems—1662065

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE PASTORS IN AVOIDING POWER STRUGGLES?

1. GET TO KNOW YOUR PEOPLE

Remember this is coming from a layman, not a minister so you can take it for what it is worth. However, I observed one of our Pastors when he came to our church. He came in and he got to know his congregation. He visited with people and got to know them. He listened more than he talked. He knew the secret of a good conversationalist, be a good listener. From his listening he quickly found out what the issues were in the church and then knew how to deal with them.
Another example of getting to know your congregation happened in a church in which I am familiar. The signs in front of the church…

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