Recovering from a Church Split
Recognize that a Church split is very similar to a divorce or a death in that all three experience grief.
Kubler Ross stages of grief:
Denial: "This cannot happen to me!"
Anger: "Why did this happen to me? Who's to blame for this?"
Bargaining: "Just let me live 'til my daughter's wedding, and I'll do anything"
Depression: "I am too sad to do anything"
Acceptance: "I'm at peace with what is coming".
Allow individuals to vent or to tell the story as they see it.
Resist the urge to give an opinion, just listen.
Refuse to take sides, just listen.
During times of corporate worship don’t be scared to mention the devastating hurt this split has caused.
Cast Vision using Romans 8:29
Build Bridges with people.
Constantly admonish the core who remained