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Dealing with Difficult Behaviour: Workshop, Bloomsbury

June 29, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

| Free

A workshop training day for people in church leadership

Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London

A practical challenge

Church leaders sometimes ask in despair what they can do about people who seem quite unreasonable, people who wear you down with persistent negative behaviour, and leave you feeling blocked at every turn, or even under siege. In such circumstances, it is easy to get sucked into a spiral of blame and recrimination. The most important contribution you can make as a leader is to model a response that is both firm and compassionate.

This presents challenges, both spiritual and practical. You may need to be honest about how your own attitude contributes to the problem.. You may need to learn more effective ways of naming patterns of behaviour that are damaging fellowship between fellow members of the body of Christ. And you may need to attend more to the health of the whole body, and focus less on individuals who are viewed as troublesome.

This workshop will equip you with insights and skills for dealing with difficult behaviour. With practically-focused training, it is designed for people who are part of a church’s leadership group (e.g. a staff team, ministry team, eldership, diaconate, church council), especially those with pastoral responsibility.

A key part of the day is that you will work with a case-study from your own experience. The aim is to give you confidence and hope.


Running from 9.30 to 4.30, the programme includes worship, presentations, case-studies, and hands-on skills training.

  • Review your own approach: “difficult people” or “difficult relationships”?
  • Practise looking below the surface of presenting behaviour
  • Plan how to be appropriately assertive, speaking the truth in love
  • Learn how to attend to the health of the body of Christ as a whole, rather than focus too much on “problem members”

Click on the following link to download full information about the day: Dealing with Difficult Behaviour London 29 June 2017


Colin Patterson is Assistant Director of Bridge Builders, and an Anglican priest. He has worked as a training officer for the Diocese of Durham, and is an experienced adult educator. Author of the Grove booklet How to Learn Through Conflict, he is also a contributor to 101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches.

Sue Haslehurst lives in Oxford, where she is involved in restorative justice, and works as a freelance community mediator. For many years Sue led a Mennonite Church in London and taught on the ‘Workshop’ Christian learning programme.


Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church is situated at the edge of Covent Garden, close to the junction of New Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden. The nearest car parking is on Bloomsbury Square, Museum Street and Great Russell Street. There are meters on the surrounding streets.


The cost of the workshop is £65 per person, payable in full at the time of booking. This includes training materials, refreshments and a simple buffet lunch.


Please add your ticket to the cart below. Cancellations before Monday 19 June 2017 will receive a 50% refund. Thereafter no refund will be provided. Please see our terms and conditions.

If no more places are available and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact the office on 020 8883 3033 or email bb@bbministries.org.uk.

Please note: If a third party (eg. Diocese) is paying for your ticket, please book using your own name and contact details. Select direct bank transfer as the payment option and you will receive an order confirmation containing bank details. You can either pay directly, or forward the order confirmation to the third party for payment.

If you have previously attended a Bridge Builders course and experience any difficulty logging into our website, please contact the office on 020 8883 3033.


June 29, 2017
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8EP United Kingdom
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