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Facilitating Difficult Meetings: Workshop, Northampton

March 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

| Free

A workshop training day for people in church leadership

Facing a Challenge

You’ve probably had the experience of sitting through a difficult church meeting. It can be very uncomfortable — particularly if you are chairing the proceedings. Somehow meetings, especially when an important decision has to be made, are able to bring the worst out of people who otherwise do a good job of loving one another. Where blame and suspicion breed, the sense of Christian fellowship gets poisoned.

There are many reasons why a meeting may be difficult. Perhaps the purpose is misunderstood, there’s an ‘elephant’ in the room, trust is thin on the ground, there are hidden agendas at work. But, whatever the reasons, a calm and confident facilitator, rooted in the peace of Christ, can make a significant difference.

The starting point for good facilitation is a commitment to listening carefully and paying attention to the emotional process in the group.  But the practicalities of designing and directing the meeting are also important.

A practical focus

This workshop will equip you with tools and skills for being a more effective facilitator. 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.


Running from 9.30am to 4.30pm, the programme includes worship, demonstrations, teaching, and skills practice.

  • Explore how well-chosen ground-rules and agenda can provide a ‘safety net’
  • Practise some key facilitation skills: summarising and working with resistance
  • Learn the value of helping strong feelings to be expressed
  • Catch more of a vision for agreeing and disagreeing in love
  • Start to identify strategies for a new ‘meetings culture’


Liz Griffiths is Director of Training for Bridge Builders. She is an Anglican Priest and has a broad experience of both parish ministry and adult education.

Liz has worked in city centre and urban estate parishes, and as Vice-Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course, helping to train ordained and lay ministers.


£75 per person
£60 concessions – students, unwaged, retired
£60 group bookings – 4 or more places

Includes training materials, refreshments and a simple buffet lunch.


Bouverie Court
The Lakes
Bedford Road

Bouverie Court is 12 minutes from the M1 (junction 15). Northampton Station is 11 minutes by taxi. On entering the Lakes estate, take the second turning on the right. Bouverie Court is the second office block on the right.

There is a car park in front of the building. Please use spaces designated Diocese of Peterborough / Church.


Please add your ticket to the cart below. Use the group booking ticket when booking 4 or more places. Cancellations before 12 March 2018 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 07500 515 626 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 07500 515 626.



March 22, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Liz Griffiths


Bouverie Court
The Lakes, Bedford Road
Northampton, NN4 7YD United Kingdom
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01604 887000
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