Chris Erdman and Al Roxburgh write about Change, Conflict, and Missional Leadership:
Change and the conflict that comes with it are not our enemies. Nor can we manage and carefully control their consequences. In order to lead the church into God’s future, pastoral leaders must learn to work with the forces of change and to help God’s people find God in the midst of conflict and struggle.
Why do we always look for the easy changes or am I alone in this? Somewhere along the line we got the idea that conflict was bad, a sign of “unhealth,” and yet, Jesus wasn’t exactly focused on keeping the peace. So there it is, sometimes conflict is merely a sign of the kingdom clashing with the non-kingdom practises it encounters. You’d think I would know this stuff better, I ought to be a conflict expert by now ;^)