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Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts: Skills Training for Christians
January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - January 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm| Free
“God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, …has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18
The gospel calls us to keep short accounts with one another (Mt 5:23-24) and to address issues as they come up (Mt 18:15-17). Sometimes it is difficult to do this ourselves and we need someone with the right attitude and skills to help us. Mediation is one way of providing that support for individuals who find themselves in broken relationships and who want reconciliation with their brother or sister in Christ.
This five-day course is open to anyone who has completed the Bridge Builders’ Transforming Church Conflict foundation course and wants to develop their mediation skills further to include more formal mediation. The course is particularly relevant for those who might be part of a local or regional mediation team. It has proved especially useful when several participants from the same regional area (e.g. a diocese, district or synod) are trained as part of a strategic initiative to bring about a change of culture.
One of Bridge Builders key areas of focus is improving the quality and competency of church mediation and we are delighted that this course has recently been approved and accredited by College of Mediators. and appears on their website as an approved course. It has been redesigned since last delivery to include an assessment process at the end of the 5 days. As a result, participants will need to stay to the end of the course, 5pm Friday. Please click on the link for further details of the accreditation process: Accreditation of Bridge Builders Course Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts v1
Building on what is learnt during the course Transforming Church Conflict, this is an opportunity to gain a thorough grounding in interpersonal mediation. Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts will introduce you to a carefully-structured process that you practice step by step. Although focused on transforming conflicts among Christians, the skills can be used wherever there is a role, formal or informal, for intervention by a third party mediator.
The course will include teaching, group work and safe space for guided practice. Active and practical in focus, the sessions will emphasise hands-on skills training and use role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts encountered in the church. Each day will include times of prayer and worship. The course is intensive; significant other commitments should be avoided during the week.
Colin Moulds is Executive Director of Bridge Builders. He has been providing training, mediation and consultancy services in both the workplace and churches since 2009. Colin’s experience in Leadership and Management is built from 23 years with the world’s largest mobile telecommunications provider.
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.
Sunday 14 January – arrival by 6:30pm for supper and introductions
Monday 15 January
- Foundation and vision for mediation
- Getting people to the table
- Understanding ourselves as mediators
Tuesday 16 January
- Mediation demonstration
- Introduction and story-telling
- Identifying common ground and issues
- Teamwork in mediation
Wednesday 17 January
- Problem-solving and healing strategies
- Documenting underlying concerns
- Factors affecting success
Thursday 18 January
- Making agreements
- Putting it all together
- Adapting the mediation process
- Private meetings and breaking impasse
Friday 19 January – departure by 5:00pm (dependent on numbers being assessed)
- Spiritual support for mediators
- Reflection, conclusion and review
Meals and Accommodation
The course is residential, with accommodation provided from Sunday evening to Thursday evening, and with meals provided each day from Sunday evening until Friday lunch time, of breakfast, lunch and evening meal, in single room accommodation at the Felden Lodge Conference Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 0BL.
Cost and Application
The fee is £950 with an early bird rate of £875 if booked by 30 November 2017. A training manual is provided at the start of the course.
Please note: the course is only open to those who have previously completed our foundation course, Transforming Church Conflict.
Spaces are limited to a maximum of 16, so do apply early, as our courses are regularly over-subscribed.
Booking and Cancellation
To apply, add a ticket to your cart below below. Applications remain provisional until Bridge Builders has received a deposit of £100. The balance of the fee is due eight weeks before the start of the course (i.e. by 20 November 2017). Once accepted, the £100 deposit is non-refundable. The full fee is owed if a place is cancelled within eight weeks of the course start date (i.e. from 20 November 2017 onwards). Please see our terms and conditions.
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