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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

While many Judicatories have regularly sent their staff and others to LMPC’s Mediation Skills Training Institute, several others have hosted an institute. In recent years, they’ve included:

  • 2016 —  Northeast Georgia Presbytery, PC(USA) — 25 attended
  • 2016 — Northeast Synod, PC(USA) — 42 attended
  • 2015 — Oklahoma Conference, UMC — 61 attended
  • 2015 — Southwest California Synod, ELCA — 32 attended
  • 2015 — New England Synod, ELCA — 40 attended
  • 2014 — Upper Susquehanna Synod, ELCA — 39 attended
  • 2014 — Presbytery of Northern Plains, PC(USA) — 24 attended
  • 2014 — Detroit Annual Conference, UMC — 46 attended
  • 2014 — Presbytery of Arkansas, PC(USA) — 32 attended
  • 2013 — Presbytery of Hudson River, PC(USA) — 21 attended
  • 2012 — Presbytery of Carlisle, PC(USA) — 31 attended
  • 2012 — Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA — 24 attended
  • 2012 — American Baptist Churches of Nebraska — 32 attended
  • 2011 — American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains — 32 attended
  • 2010 — Albany Synod, RCA — 30 attended
  • 2009 — South Carolina Annual Conference, UMC — 32 attended
  • 2009 — Synod of Mid-America, PC(USA) — 32 attended
  • 2008 — North Central New York Annual Conference, UMC — 55 attended
  • 2008 — Presbytery of New York City, PC(USA) — 42 attended
  • 2008 — Central/Southern Illinois Synod, ELCA — 29 attended
  • 2008 — Episcopal Province of New England — 36 attended
  • 2007 — Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, PC(USA) — 30 attended
  • 2007 — Synod of the Southwest, PC(USA) — 44 attended
  • 2006 — Southeast Unity Ministries — 21 attended
  • 2006 — Synod of Lakes and Prairies, PC(USA) — 14 attended
  • 2006 — Western New York Annual Conference, UMC — 41 attended
  • 2005 — Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, PC(USA) — 34 attended
  • 2005 — Kansas West and Kansas East Annual Conferences, UMC — 47 attended
  • 2005 — Troy Annual Conference, UMC — 30 attended
  • 2004 — Albany Synod, RCA — 34 attended
  • 2004 — Presbytery of Great Rivers, PC(USA) — 26 attended
  • 2004 — Texas Annual Conference, UMC — 21 attended
  • 2003 — New England Annual Conference, UMC — 49 attended
  • 2003 — Texas Annual Conference, UMC — 38 attended
  • 2003 — Baptist Convention of Maryland-Delaware — 13 attended
  • 2003 — Unity of Louisville — 27 attended
  • 2003 — Illinois Conference, UCC, and Illinois South Conference, UCC — 48 attended
  • 2003 — Texas Annual Conference, UMC — 22 attended (including all District Superintendents)
  • 2002 — California-Pacific and California–Nevada Conferences, UMC — 43 attended
  • 2002 — Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida — 22 attended
  • 2002 — Association of Unity Churches — 63 attended
  • 2001 — Reformed Church in America (RCA) — 63 attended (teams from various Synods)
  • 2001 — Episcopal Diocese of Florida — 29 attended
  • 2001 — Iowa Annual Conference, UMC — 46 attended
  • 2001 — Synod of the Rocky Mountains, PC(USA) — 42 attended
  • 2000 — Wisconsin Conference, UCC — 28 attended

The idea of hosting a Mediation Skills Training Institute would be relevant for Judicatory offices which are interested in infusing the vision for conflict transformation throughout the entire church system.

The best and most thorough model for mediation with individuals and congregations that I have experienced in more than three decades of ordained ministry.” – A Lutheran Bishop

An effective model of mediation because it involves both issues and feelings, viewpoints and values, head and heart.” – A Presbytery Executive

Cited by another attendee as “absolutely a must for any church… every church,” the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders can also be hosted by your Judicatory.

Click here to read testimonials and examples from Presbyterian participants or click here to read testimonials and examples from Methodist participants.

Benefits Include:

Training a large group of people to be available to serve on a Judicatory-wide mediation team: to provide mediation services to churches embroiled in high intensity conflict and to provide training resources to churches interested in preventing destructive conflict.

Providing a valuable continuing education opportunity for your pastors in a location that is more accessible to them than sending them to one of the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders coordinated each year by LMPC.

Download a page with further information here.


If you would like to explore the idea of hosting a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders, you may call LMPC at 630-627-0507; ask for Richard Blackburn, LMPC Executive Director.