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Transforming Church Conflict: A Foundation Course for Church Leaders
June 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - June 22, 2018 @ 5:30 pm| Free
This five-day training course is intended for anyone with some leadership responsibility in the church. It starts from the idea that conflict is normal and inevitable – but Christians often feel ill-prepared to handle conflict in the church.
Attend this course if you want to:
- Develop new skills for handling and transforming conflict.
- Give time to personal growth as part of a worshipping community.
- Be part of a movement that is changing the culture of the church.
- Help put the church’s energy to more creative use.
The course is focused on conflict in church settings, and serves as the foundation for further Bridge Builders courses. Held residentially, it is built on our experience of leading similar training since 1996. The course aims to raise self-awareness, to deepen understanding of conflict and to teach methods for transforming conflict.
The course includes teaching, group work and guided practice. Active and practical in focus, the sessions provide hands-on skills training and use role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts encountered in the church. Each day includes times of prayer and worship. The course is intensive and includes some evening sessions; we strongly recommend avoiding any other commitments during the week.
The course will be led by Liz Griffiths, Rupert Ward and Sue Haslehurst.
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.
Rupert Ward leads a church in the centre of Edinburgh and has experience of training leadership groups in other churches & charities. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and has also trained in Counselling and Theology.
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.
Meals and Accommodation
The course is residential, with single room accommodation provided from Sunday evening to Friday morning, and with meals provided each day from Sunday evening until Friday lunch time, of breakfast, lunch and evening meal at Felden Lodge Conference Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The centre is set in 32 acres of grounds and is close to road and rail links.
Sunday 17 June: arrival from 5:00pm; dinner 6:30pm; session at 7:30pm
Monday 18 and Thursday 21 June: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 June: 9:00am-1:00pm, 3:30-6:00pm, 7:30-9:00pm
Friday 22 June: 9:00am-4:30pm
Cost and Application
The standard cost for the course is £920. We are currently offering a special reduced rate of £840. Where needed, precedence is given to applicants sponsored by their church or organisation, and who may use the training for its benefit, or to enhance their own ministry. A training manual and a style profile are included in the fee.
Bursaries: if you are on a low income, a bursary may be available to help cover the cost of attending. Please see the bursary information page.
Spaces are limited to a maximum of 23, so do apply early, as our courses are regularly over-subscribed.
Booking and Cancellation
To apply, add a ticket to your cart below. Applications remain provisional until Bridge Builders has received a deposit of £100. 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 Monday 23 April 2018 onwards). The balance of the fee is due eight weeks before the start of the course (i.e. by Monday 23 April 2018). Please see our terms and conditions and data protection policy.
If no more places are available and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact us on 020 3968 4999 or email email@example.com.
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.