I was the new kid on the block.
Young, impetuous and slightly driven. Well, maybe a bit more than slightly driven.
I was the youth pastor, 28 years old and I’d been given a position on our church board.
And it was going swimmingly well until that board meeting.
One of the older board members got me in his sights and let go with both barrels. I was as stunned as a kid at his first day in a new school.
Today, I can’t remember what the fuss was about but I do remember the unbridled anger, the stinging words that cut deep.
Worse still, no board member stood up for me.
It was out of control.
There was fury in the room and I was the target.
After the fury an awkward silence filled the room, I mumbled an inadequate response and we moved on to other business.
My ongoing board experience taught me that fiery conflict was unfortunately entrenched in that board’s culture.
However, conflict in churches is never restricted to boards. It abounds in various arenas.