As I think back on those idyllic days at Dallas in the 1980s discussing with friends the finer points of theology, I never imagined I would experience in-your-face conflict during my tenth year of pastoral ministry. I knew battles would come. I thought they would come from the world. I was blindsided when they came from within. I have since spoken to hundreds of Christians in conflict: pastors, elders, deacons, lay members. I did not contemplate while earning my ThM that I would become a church-conflict-resolution specialist with a PhD in the field. I have concluded that most churches handle conflict poorly. I told myself there had to be a better way. Thankfully, there is! My work with churches of various sizes and denominations throughout the country is dedicated to helping before it is too late.
Upon reflection, I don't think that I could be an effective practitioner had I not attended the Seminary. Throughout the years since graduation, I have come to realize that there has been one constant truth for me: I have never been embarrassed by the approach to the Scriptures I learned at DTS. I have always been proud to say that I graduated from one of the world's best seminaries. Its reputation remains stellar and its ministry to alumni, of whom I am one, has remained strong. For all these things and more I say, "Thank you, Dallas Theological Seminary."
Note: Ken's upcoming book, The Power of the Third Party: Knowing the Right Way to Resolve Conflict in the Church and Everywhere Else, gives an alternative to the Matthew 18 model of conflict resolution. To learn more about Ken's ministry visit his website www.ResolveChurchConflict.com.
The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.