A longtime church member met the new pastor in his study. The man welcomed the

pastor and then told him, “I’m part of the B group.”

“The B group?  What’s the B group?” asks the pastor.

“Well,” the man said, “I be here before you came, and I’ll be here after you leave.”

Unfortunately, the above “funny” story isn’t so funny anymore as more and more pastors go from church to church because of problems in those churches. Several years ago I preached at our Dayspring Bible College chapel on conflict in the church. I set up two

different sets of problems that had occurred in fictional churches and divided the students

into three groups to problem solve.

They came up with some solutions that we discussed, and I showed them the pros and cons. Someday, these students will go out and experience firsthand some of these types of conflict. I want them to be prepared. Ministry won’t always be easy, but it will help if they receive practical training now.

Perhaps your church is facing conflict. I encourage you to follow Biblical principles. The main principles involve confronting your brother in Christ privately (Matthew 18:15) and entreating him as a father (1 Timothy 5:1). Be careful of excessive fault-finding. You probably have some of those same faults in your own life (Galatians 6:1). You will have much better success if you follow God’s plan. He desires for His people to be in unity.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder