When a church discourages conflict, it fails to make the kinds of changes necessary for ongoing health and relevance.
By conflict, I’m not talking about personalized or politicized confrontations! Rather, healthy conflict is an honest debate–sometimes heated–over competing values. Healthy conflict focuses on how best to accomplish our mission and what is in the best interest of the greater good. It requires kingdom thinking.
We often forget how much healthy conflict Jesus encouraged. He constantly challenged the religious elitism of his day. He challenged racism and sexism. He raised issues with his disciples on a regular basis. Jesus never minimized or avoided conflict.