Month: September 2014

Dealing with Difficult People – Part 5

As we continue our look at some of the more common personality types of difficult people and explore ways to deal with them, let’s turn our attention to the so-called “wet blanket.” The “wet blanket” is the classic impossibility thinker. They seem to always doubt, question, or even criticize the idea that we can succeed

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Dealing with Difficult People – Part 4

Over the past three weeks, we’ve looked at how to deal with some difficult folks. Unfortunately, even church people can become difficult to work with, but with a little wisdom and a lot of courage, we can handle the situations these individuals create and even help them grow in ways that benefit all of their relationships.

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Dealing with Difficult People – Part 3

As we continue our discussion of the difficult people we often encounter in ministry, let’s look at the “Garbage Collector.” The “Garbage Collector” in a church is typically that individual who surrounds himself with negative people and/or accumulates the negative attitudes and opinions of other people. You’ll recognize him as the fella who starts a

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Dealing with Difficult People – Part 2

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive. Last time we discussed the explosive nature of “volcano” people. Today, we’ll

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