Upcoming Workshops

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Workshops

Open Workshops

We run regular open workshop days, in a variety of venues. They are designed for people in leadership roles in churches, and each is open to people who are newcomers to Bridge Builders training, as well as people returning for more.

Advanced Workshops

Our advanced workshop days build on what is learned in our foundation training courses. They are only open to people who have completed the relevant foundation course: Transforming Church Conflict or Leading With Emotional Maturity.

Growing Bridgebuilders – Training the Trainers Workshops

Growing Bridgebuilders is a discipleship resource which distils the core of Bridge Builders’ acclaimed training courses into an effective toolkit for leaders to use with their people. The training pack has been developed jointly by Bridge Builders and CPAS. To get inside how to run the 8-session course, we encourage potential course leaders to attend one of our Growing Bridgebuilders – Training the Trainers workshop days.

On Request

Requests come to us along the lines, “I valued the training course I did with you. Could you do something similar for some people that I know?” We are happy to explore fitting what we offer to the needs of a particular group, especially teams and those with leadership responsibilities in Christian organisations.

Scroll down to see some possible sorts of workshop ….

Curates and Probationary Ministers

We think it is vital that leaders are trained up early on in their ministry to deal better with conflict. Bridge Builders regularly leads training programmes for recently ordained ministers, with tailored workshops varying from one to three days duration.

The first years of ordained ministry are a good time to develop confidence in facing conflict. Bridge Builders’ training can help to build a firm foundation for future ministry.

Contact us if you have responsibility for organising initial ministerial training. We recommend a day of training as the necessary minimum. If it can be two days, and residential, there will be more than double the value, because there will be more time to build trust and face up to personal challenges.

The training gives new ministers a chance to reflect upon the reality of conflict in concrete situations, and to learn practical skills for building Christian communities that can work at peace-making.

A typical programme covers at least some of the following:

  • Our experience of conflict
  • Conflict patterns in the church
  • Jesus’ call to reconciliation
  • Personal styles of approaching conflict
  • Careful communication
  • Resolving conflict
  • Escalation of congregational conflict
  • Personal disciplines as a leader

But there is not one “standard” programme, and we will work with you to make sure that the training takes account of the way things work in your context.

Team Building and Team Working

Many of us work within a team. Bridge Builders can lead tailor-made training for a variety church teams, at local or regional level. We would much rather help your team to develop healthy relationships and good working practices now than come to mediate in a crisis later.

The strength of a team can often be measured in terms of how it deals with diversity and disagreement. Bridge Builders’ training can help a team to be intentional about constructive patterns of relating and working, so that every member is valued and supported as a sister or brother in Christ.

Contact us to ask about working with a specific team, such as a local church leadership team, a Bishop’s staff team or a team of regional ministers. At least one whole day together is advisable, preferably away from your normal place of work. We can make it a yearly event, or combine it with some specific training in handling conflict.

Typical areas to work on might be:

  • Rhythms of team life that deepen relationships and build trust
  • Understanding and accepting different styles of communication
  • Bringing out the best in others
  • Developing a climate where differences of opinion are explored and worked with
  • Examining how decisions are made and followed through

There is no “standard” programme, but we will normally expect team members to complete a “style profile” in advance.

Curates and Probationary Ministers

Excellent, relevant material, well presented, with attentiveness to individual characters and needs.

Revd Andrew TawnIME Officer, Diocese of Bradford

Team Building and Team Working

You have played a major part in helping the Church get to where it is, with your encouragement and guidance.

Ian BlandWesleyan Reform Church Leadership TeamYorkshire

CMD for Clergy

Effective leaders are committed to life-long learning. Bridge Builders designs training to integrate with preferred ways of structuring Continuing Ministerial Development, for example as stand-alone workshops and courses or as part of a conference.

Many experienced ministers have never been offered specific training in handling conflict. It can be a welcome relief to tackle the subject at last with the help of Bridge Builders.

Contact us if you have responsibility for organising continuing ministerial development. We would expect to offer at least one day of training. If it can be two days, and residential, there will be more than double the value, because there will be more time to build trust and face up to personal challenges.

The training gives ministers a chance to reflect upon the reality of conflict in concrete situations, learn some new skills, and increase their capacity to offer calm leadership in tense circumstances. Typical subjects include:

  • Our experience of conflict
  • Conflict patterns in the church
  • Jesus’ call to reconciliation
  • Personal styles of approaching conflict
  • Careful communication
  • Resolving conflict
  • Escalation of congregational conflict
  • Effective decision-making procedures
  • Personal disciplines as a leader
  • When to seek help such as mediation

But there is not one “standard” programme, and we will work with you to make sure that the training takes account of the particular group of participants.

Local Church Workshops

Our standard one-day workshop, Making Peace With Conflict in the Church, has proved an eye-opener for lay leaders. It works well if commissioned by a group of local churches, or as part of a training programme for lay ministers.

Most local churches have never offered practical training on handling conflict to their lay leaders. Yet it can make a big different to be given permission to start talking openly about the subject. And learning better ways of dealing with conflict while things are calm can make a church better equipped for those times when tension rises.

Contact us if your church, or a group of local churches are interested in a day-long workshop. We are in touch with people around the UK who have been trained to lead workshops using Bridge Builders’ materials. The training gives participants a chance to reflect upon the reality of conflict in concrete situations, increase their self-awareness, and learn some new skills.

A typical workshop on Making Peace With Conflict in the Church would include these topics:

  • Our experience of conflict
  • Conflict patterns in the church
  • Jesus’ call to reconciliation
  • Personal styles of approaching conflict
  • Careful communication

CMD for Clergy

A very professional and effective presentation of the subject in a non-threatening and relaxed context – practical guidelines for conflict management in my own situation.

Revd Prebendary Rob NorthDiocese of Hereford

Local Church Workshops

Very well thought through, and appropriate to the audience.

Christine Cummingchurch pastoral workerDurham