United Methodist Church


Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

While many conferences of the United Methodist Church have regularly sent participants to LMPC’s Mediation Skills Training Institute, more than ten Annual Conferences have hosted an institute:

  • 2001 — Iowa Annual Conference, UMC — 46 attended
  • 2002 — California-Pacific and California–Nevada Conferences, UMC — 43 attended
  • 2003 — New England Annual Conference, UMC — 49 attended
  • 2003 — Texas Annual Conference, UMC — 38 attended
  • 2003 — Texas Annual Conference, UMC — 22 attended (including all District Superintendents)
  • 2004 — Texas Annual Conference, UMC — 21 attended
  • 2005 — Kansas West and Kansas East Annual Conferences, UMC — 47 attended
  • 2005 — Troy Annual Conference, UMC — 30 attended
  • 2006 — Western New York Annual Conference, UMC — 41 attended
  • 2008 — North Central New York Annual Conference, UMC — 55 attended
  • 2009 — South Carolina Annual Conference, UMC — 32 attended
  • 2014 — Detroit Annual Conference, UMC — 46 attended
  • 2015 — Oklahoma Conference, UMC — 61 attended

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

An outstanding opportunity to gain an understanding of the nature of conflict in the church and to learn skills for mediating that conflict.”

An essential experience for leaders.” -Comments of District Superintendents, United Methodist Church

Cited by another District Superintendent who attended in California as “the best training event I’ve ever attended,” the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders can also be hosted by your Annual Conference.


Benefits Include:

Training a large group of people to be available to serve on a Conference-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.

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,