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Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts: Skills Training for Christians

January 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - January 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

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God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, …has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18

This five-day course is open to anyone who has completed an appropriate Bridge Builders’ foundation course. However, priority will be given until 1 October 2016 to sponsored applicants. The course is particularly aimed at those who might be part of a local or regional mediation team. It has proved specially 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.

Building on what is learnt during the course, Transforming Church Conflict, this is a chance to gain a thorough grounding in interpersonal mediation. Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts will introduce you to a carefully-structured process that you practise step by step. Although focused on transforming conflicts among Christians, the skills that you learn can also 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 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.

Click on the following link to download full information about the course: Mediating Interpersonal Conflict Jan 2017


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.

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

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.

Programme Overview

Sunday 22 January – arrival by 6:30pm for supper and introductions

Monday 23 January

  • Introductions
  • Foundation and vision for mediation
  • Getting people to the table
  • Understanding ourselves as mediators

Tuesday 24 January

  • Mediation demonstration
  • Introduction and story-telling
  • Identifying common ground and issues
  • Teamwork in mediation

Wednesday 25 January

  • Problem-solving and healing strategies
  • Documenting underlying concerns
  • Factors affecting success

Thursday 26 January

  • Reframing
  • Making agreements
  • Putting it all together
  • Adapting the mediation process

Friday 6 November – departure by 4:30pm

  • Private meetings and breaking impasse
  • Completing the tool box
  • 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 £850 with an early bird rate of £775 if booked by 30 October 2016.  A training manual is provided at the start of the course.

Please note: the course is only open to those who have previously completed a foundation course, either Transforming Church Conflict, or the earlier Skills Training for Mediation and Facilitation in the Church.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 20, 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 27 November 2016). Once accepted, the £100 deposit is a non-refundable. The full fee is owed if a place is cancelled within eight weeks of the course start date (i.e. from 27 November 2016 onwards). 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.


January 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
January 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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Felden Lodge Training and Conference Centre
Felden Lodge
Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0BL United Kingdom
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