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Transforming Church Conflict: A Foundation Course for Church Leaders

June 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - June 24, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

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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 Colin Patterson and Rupert Ward. Colin 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. Rupert 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.

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.

Course Timings

Sunday 19 June: arrival from 5:00pm; dinner 6:30pm; session at 7:30pm
Monday 20 and Thursday 23 June: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June: 9:00am-1:00pm, 3:30-6:00pm, 7:30-9:00pm
Friday 24 June 9:00am-4:30pm

Cost & Application

The standard cost for the course is £850. A special “early bird” discount of £75 is available if booking by 28 March 2016, giving a reduced price of £775. 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. If you are on a very low income, then please contact us to see whether a bursary may be available. A training manual and a style profile are included in the fee.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 23, so do apply early, as our courses are regularly over-subscribed.

To apply, click the button under the Event Properties box 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 24 April 2016). Click for information on payment methods and cancellation policy.


June 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
June 24, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
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Colin Patterson


Felden Lodge Training and Conference Centre
Felden Lodge
Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0BL United Kingdom
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