The Highs and Lows of Leading an Arts & Worship Ministry Part 4
The Arts Roundtable:
Five ministry leaders get together to discuss the highs and lows of leading an arts ministry
Brian Petak, Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
Butch Whitmire, Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana
Manuel Luz, Oak Hills Church, Folsom, California
Amy Anderson, Eagle Brook Church, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Stan Durham, Fellowship of the Woodlands, The Woodlands, Texas
Brian mentioned conflict resolution. When you experience conflict on your team or within your area, how do you work through that?
Butch: For me, conflict resolution is an inherent part of arts and arts leadership, and probably to a greater degree than the working world outside of the church. I think any conflict resolution with me starts with the relationship up front. We need to make sure we have the kind of relationship that we’re talking about a lot of good stuff before we’re talking about a lot of bad stuff.
Brian: I would say conflict resolution is one of the most important things that we do as leaders. I think the qualities that are essential for effective conflict resolution are, first, humility on both sides, especially on the leader’s side. People will model that if we model that as well. Second is honesty. Just be honest. A lot of us would rather sweep something under the carpet, or avoid it. But I’ve found there’s a lot more pain on the back end if I ever take that path. Third, we need to be biblical in our conflict resolution, and that’s where the honesty and humility come from.
WILLOW Magazine, Issue 2, 2006