Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches


The Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner. 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.

Hosting a workshop

This all-day workshop in conflict transformation is one of LMPC’s more popular programs available to groups, which is suitable for church retreat days, Saturday workshops, or as part of a weekly adult education series. This workshop would also be appropriate for Christian schools to consider for a faculty in-service program or retreat.

The facilitator for Conflict Transformation Skills would be Richard Blackburn, LMPC Executive Director, Bill Blank, LMPC Associate Director, or Daniel Foxvog, LMPC Assistant Director. In addition to their long involvement in issues related to Christian peacemaking and conflict transformation in churches, their experience in mediating congregational conflicts makes them uniquely qualified to lead conflict transformation workshops.

Groups interested in exploring the possibility of hosting a workshop can call LMPC at 630-627-0507 or email us at admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.

 

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Workshop Flyer

One possible outline for hosting an all-day workshop would be:

  • 9:00-10:30 − Introduction: The Nature and Role of Conflict
    • Conflict in the New Testament: Finding Renewal in Conflict
  • 10:30-10:45 − Break
  • 10:45-12:00 − Self-Assessment Exercise: Understanding and Improving Your Own Style of Response to Conflict
  • 12:00-1:00 − Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 − Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills: How to be Effective when People are Angry
  • 2:30-2:45 − Break
  • 2:45-4:30 − Congregational Conflict: Understanding Conflict in Groups and How to Manage It

Conflict in the Church: Entrusted With the Message of Reconciliation

The workshop Conflict in the Church: Entrusted with the Message of Reconciliation is an expanded version of the one-day workshop Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches.

This workshop in conflict transformation is suitable for church retreat weekends or Friday night and day-long Saturday workshops. It would be an appropriate workshop for churches which are currently experiencing conflict—or those who simply want to work at preventing destructive conflict in the future.

The facilitator for Conflict in the Church: Entrusted with the Message of Reconciliation would be either Richard Blackburn, LMPC Executive Director, Bill Blank, LMPC Associate Director, or Daniel Foxvog, LMPC Assistant Director. In addition to their long involvement in issues related to Christian peacemaking and conflict transformation in churches, their experience in mediating congregational conflicts makes them uniquely qualified to lead conflict transformation workshops.

Finally, in order to continue the educational process after the workshop, LMPC books on conflict transformation and other Christian peacemaking concerns can be made available to participants.

Groups interested in exploring the possibility of hosting a workshop can call LMPC at 630-627-0507 or email us at admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.

Other topics that can be addressed, depending on the nature and desires of the hosting group, include: Conflict Transformation Skills for the Family, Conflict Transformation Skills for the Classroom, and An Introduction to Mediating Interpersonal Conflict.

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Workshop Flyer

One possible outline for hosting a Friday night and all-day Saturday workshop would be:

 

Friday:

  • 7:00-8:15 − Introduction: The Nature and Role of Conflict in the New Testament: Finding Renewal in Conflict
  • 8:15-8:30 − Break
  • 8:30-9:30 − Understanding Your Own Style of Response to Conflict

Saturday:

  • 9:00-10:30 − Discovering Your Personal Style Profile for Communication in Groups
  • Interpreting Your Personal Style Profile: Your Unique Strengths and Potential Excesses
  • 10:30-10:45 − Break
  • 10:45-12:00 − Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills: How to be Effective When People are Angry
  • 12:00-1:00 − Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 − Congregational Conflict: The Dynamics of Conflict in the Church
  • 2:30-2:45 − Break
  • 2:45-4:00 − Congregational Conflict: Managing Conflict in the Church