Do you sometimes think to yourself that there must be more to leadership than what you are experiencing? The truth is that many of us have a lot of knowledge and experience under our belts, but we sense something is missing when it comes to imparting that knowledge to others. Ruth Haley Barton, in her book "Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership," uses examples from the life of Moses to illustrate how crucial it is to lead not from your intellect, but from the life of Christ in you.
In this unit, we will explore the challenge of managing conflict. We will consider some general issues regarding conflict—why it’s difficult and what causes its intrusion into our efforts. We’ll also consider the common stages of conflict and the goals that can make our efforts to resolve issues worthwhile. Finally, we’ll review steps for managing conflict and some practical ideas for creating an environment that doesn’t allow unhealthy conflict to flourish.
The truth of our life is that God knows us. We were created uniquely and intentionally, with talents and strengths that can empower us to faithfully live out our purpose. By understanding and developing our personal strengths, we can actually be the kind of people we are meant to be: people who serve others and who act on the God-given opportunities around us every day.
After weeks, or even months, of preparation and planning (see Leading a Bible Study, Part One), it's finally time to begin your Bible study. You're ready to dive into the Scripture! Well, almost! Moderating a Bible study requires a different set of skills than planning a Bible study. You'll need more than precise organization and foresight when you're suddenly confronted with an unresponsive or emotionally charged study group.
Leading others in studying the Bible can be a bit intimidating for beginners. A Bible study is much more than a book club, because the Bible is much more than a book. As a Bible study leader, you have the opportunity—the calling—to apply Scripture to all kinds of real-life issues.