Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches
Conflict in Congregations workshop from Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, May 22
During February, March and April we hosted the “Healthy Congregations” workshop from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. We had over 30 different churches participate across these 3 workshops and have heard continued appreciation for the value of this offering from both lay and clergy participants.
We are offering one more workshop from Lombard Mennonite Peace Center on May 22. This workshop is different from the first 3 workshops and is open to anyone from across the conference, whether or not you have participated in one of the Healthy Congregations workshops.
Where the Healthy Congregations uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders become more effective stewards of their congregations, the Conflict in Congregations Workshop focuses more specifically on conflict, teaching some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner. The goal of the workshop is prevention. We want participants to gain the understanding and the skills needed to prevent destructive conflicts. We also want participants to see how church conflict can be transformed into an opportunity to learn something new about God’s will for their church.
This workshop will help you understand:
- That conflict need not be bad, but is an opportunity for growth
- The biblical basis for conflict transformation
- Your own style of responding to conflict
- The communication skills necessary to resolve conflict peacefully
- Strategies for preventing destructive conflict in the church family
- A model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win manner
The last day to register for this workshop is May 12.