Church and Change

The existence of religious institutions may bring peace, grace and healing to many. Since human beings lead, work, volunteer, meet, plan, and fill those institutions, less desirable feelings may develop as well. 

In many places, changes in leadership from staff to committee chairs to volunteers occur on a fairly regular basis. Even when no change occurs, it may allow a whole separate place for conflict to flourish. 

Whether it is a budget shortfall, remodeling or expansion, committee restructuring, or staffing, the fear of impending change may provoke a series of conversations between and amongst members and staff that spiral out of control. While each person may believe his or her thoughts truly represent the best interests of the group, it is easy to forget that each person may have different needs and may choose to belong for different reasons. Perhaps one person loves music and another resonates with the sermon and for a third it fills their sense of connection.  

Allowing people their own reasons for belonging, and respecting their right to feel however they feel about change, goes a long way in strengthening the community. We all process thoughts differently and need the space to do so. 

Mediation supports these important conversations by providing a safe space where you may speak your truth, be heard, and create ideas for resolution. 

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner, JD, enjoys helping you bridge the gap from where you are to where you wish to be. An attorney, mediator, coach, speaker, and trainer, she strongly believes in the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

Sherry Ann invites and encourages you to consider your own level of peace. Inner peace creates outer peace and personal peace leads to world peace. You may find her enjoying a game or hiking a state park. Sherry Ann lives near Alexandria, Minnesota. Visit to learn more or give her a call at (320) 808-3212.
Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.