Disagreements and divisions

Disagreements and divisions

Acts 15:39

“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,”


Two great friends in ministry now parted company over one man.

Many have offered their views on who was right and who was wrong. They were both wrong. It is the last time we see Barnabas mentioned. He sails off to Cyprus with Mark, going back to his homeland and read nothing more of him. However for Paul he continues to thrive in his ministry.

Last year I was sat round the table with 2 leaders who were in disagreement over a matter. They had been together for over a decade but by the end of that meeting they parted company, their ministry together was over. It mattered for nothing because their difference was more important.  I notice on the Facebook statuses of one of them that they have not stopped disagreeing with the other, even though they have parted.

What have I learnt from disagreement among leaders?

  1. Leaders disagree.
  2. Parting company doesn’t solve the problem.
  3. Not many apologise
  4. Because God makes things work together for good only reveals the ‘things’ were bad, so let’s call the disagreement bad.
  5. In division some will drift away and may never be heard of again and others may be spurred on to other things.


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