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Handling Tension in Church Life: Workshop, York

October 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

| Free

A practical challenge

Tension in church life can be sparked by many different things: personality clashes, changes in buildings or patterns of worship, unexpected crisis events, unpopular decisions by the leadership, arguments about doctrine, disreputable behaviour – to name just some.

And the overall level of tension can be anything from quite low (e.g. minor disagreements between one or two individuals) to cripplingly high (e.g. warring factions, with significant numbers leaving).

But in every case the crucial factor is the way people (especially leaders) respond to the element of conflict. That’s what determines whether things move in the direction of forgiveness and reconciliation or of blame and hostility.

Jesus’ words “Blessed are the peace-makers” sound wonderful in theory, but they can be very demanding to put into practice …….

Want to be better equipped?

Bridge Builders specialises in practically-focused training, grounded in the example and teaching of Jesus. This workshop is designed for people who are part of a church’s leadership group (e.g. a staff team, ministry team, eldership, diaconate, church council). It will be especially helpful if several from a leadership group come together.


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

Learn more about:

  • Your own conflict style – its strengths and limitations
  • Improving communication when emotions run high
  • Helping a church learn more constructive patterns of behaviour in the face of tension
  • Hanging onto hope in trying circumstances

Click on the following link to download full information about the course: Handling Tension in Church Life Oct 2017 York 1


Joanna Williams is a Baptist minister with a conflict transformation portfolio in the Baptist Union. A community mediator in North West England, she has extensive experience of training others in mediation and Christian ministry.


The Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York. The Centre is within easy walking distance of York’s railway station. Parking is limited on site, but there is a good Park & Ride service, and an NCP car-park nearby.


The cost of the workshop is £75 per person, payable in full at the time of booking. This includes training materials, refreshments and a simple buffet lunch.

A special price of just £60 per person is available for group bookings for 4 or more when booked at one time.


Please add your ticket to the cart below. Use the group booking ticket when booking 4 or more places. Cancellations before 11 October 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 lisa@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 or email lisa@bbministries.org.uk.


October 21, 2017
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Joanna Williams


The Priory Street Centre
15 Priory Street,
York, YO1 6ET United Kingdom
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