THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
CONFLICTS IN COMMUNITY
June 6, 2015
work of evangelization is an assault on the enemy. He will
not take this kindly, and will counterattack. One of his favorite
attacks is causing conflicts and disunity in the body. If
and when this happens, the community is in trouble.
God provides the grace for us to remain united, to be one
in vision and mission and communal life. But we need to do
our part. We need to understand and live out basic Christian
principles and practices.
Some important principles:
community ideal is peace, which is the result of fraternal
charity, justice and community order.
are not conflicts, but can easily lead to conflicts.
seniors are authentic Christians, there will be no conflicts
in community. There is nothing that cannot be resolved in
How to avoid conflicts:
not gossip. Do not listen to gossip. Correct the one who
starts to gossip.
not speak ill of others, especially behind their backs.
If you have something negative to say, bring it to the person
who has the authority to do something about it.
kind in the face of your brother’s shortcomings.
there are disagreements, have face-to-face dialogue. If
you cannot resolve it, bring a third person in. If you still
cannot resolve it, you have one or both of two options:
forbear and/or elevate the matter to the next higher level
of authority. Humbly accept whatever the decision is.
that your brother is never your enemy. Only the evil one
is. When you fight with your brother, you are working for
the evil one.
you feel you have been treated unjustly but are willing
to just forgive and forget, rejoice, knowing you are on
the right path of holiness.
We owe it to our Lord to strive to remain united and at peace,
so that He can effectively use us for His work.
Discuss the different aspects in avoiding conflict.
Resolve to live these out.