When one enters ministry, confrontation is surely inevitable. It is waiting for one -- and more so in urban ministry than elsewhere. My first hard confrontation was in urban ministry -- a confrontation which in fact bore much fruit. Anyway, this post is about how difficult it is to be a well-meaning, starry-eyed minister faced with his or her first serious confrontation. Today, confrontation is (often) not a problem to me, although I would rather choose a milder alternative if that seems available to me. What then has changed, that it is not so difficult for me? I think, above all, a greater single-mindedness or confidence within, as to what is worth confronting.