Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dealing with Controversy

It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . but now the phone lines are buzzing, the battle-lines are forming, and the Conference is sending emails that assure you of its support.

In short, you have a major controversy developing in your church -- and that means you need to:
  • Keep the Conference informed. It doesn't take much -- just short, frequent emails that keep the Brethren up to date. (Otherwise, somebody else will set the agenda.)
  • Keep your elders informed. A quick, "heads-up" phone call before meetings can save you a world of grief. (Nobody likes surprises!)
  • Keep your people informed. Phone calls, bulletin announcements, emails, websites -- you need to get out the word in as many different ways as you possibly can. (That way, they can't say you "tried to keep it secret.")
  • Keep your secretary informed. Tell her what to say when people call for information. (Oddly enough, some people are more likely to believe your secretary than they are to believe you!)
Two more pieces of advice:
  • Write it down. Keep a log of your conversations with relevant people -- one in which you list when the conversation took place, what was said, and who was present. Otherwise, the question of "who said what and when?" can turn into a major issue.
  • Don't get mad. Nothing emboldens your opponents (and embarrasses your supporters ) faster than a public display of anger. No matter how righteous your indignation may be, in other words, you don't want to go there!


Anonymous said...

Shouldn't be too much controversy, since almost anything goes these days:


Pastor Greg said...

Where have you been?!?!?