Upcoming Advanced Courses

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Advanced Courses

Each advanced course:

  • builds on previous learning from the foundation courses, Transforming Church Conflict and Transforming Conflict 1
  • takes the same approach to training – varied, practical and active
  • helps you develop more specialised skills for transforming conflict in church and other Christian contexts
  • is run no more than once a year
Scroll down to see more information about the courses we offer. 

Transforming Conflict 2: Building Resilient Leadership

Weaves together the learning of the foundation course with contextual experience brought by the participants from their church and other Christian settings, to explore what it means to be a resilient leader in the face of conflict.

  • Develop greater resilience in leading times of change or tension
  • Reflect with others on practical peacemaking in the context of a learning, worshipping community
  • Build on theological principles to encourage a constructive culture around change and conflict
  • Further develop a commitment as a leader to living well with difference as an act of witness

Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts

  • A five-day residential training course
  • Demonstrates a carefully-structured process for interpersonal mediation
  • You practise the process step by step, building up confidence as the course progresses
  • Includes assessment
  • Accredited by College of Mediators

Develops peace-making skills that can be used both formally and informally in situations of conflict between individuals in a church setting – and beyond.

This five-day residential course is for people who have already completed a foundation course with Bridge Builders.

What can you do when a relationship between two fellow Christians is strained? While you can pray for them, you may also be in a position to bring them together to try to address the reasons for tension. If feelings are not yet running very high, this can be a fairly informal process. But if the level of tension has escalated, a more formal approach is needed.

This course introduces a carefully-structured process that you practise step by step. Although the focus is 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 is particularly relevant for anyone who wants to be part of a local or regional mediation team in their denomination.

If you’ve gained an appetite for practical peace-making, and you want to be equipped to be a confident mediator, then Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts is the course for you.

Intervening in Group Conflicts

  • A forty-eight-hour residential training course
  • Designed to demonstrate a range of ways of working with churches and Christian contexts facing group conflict
  • You build up a portfolio of skills for promoting dialogue and healing of fractured relationships

Gives tools for identifying the roots of conflict in a church or group, and deciding how best to offer help from outside the situation.

This forty-eight-hour advanced training course equips you to work for reconciliation with churches or groups that are handling conflict poorly. It builds upon skills and understanding learned in Bridge Builders foundation courses.

Training of Trainers

An excellent course that enables the participant to ground the theory in practice and safely test both!

Inga LongmoreSalvation Army Learning & Development OfficerBelfast

Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts

This course is designed to extend your knowledge and skills at the same time as increasing your awareness of what you bring to mediation. It succeeds on all three counts. Excellent!

Revd David McCormickDirector of CME, Diocese of Lincoln

Intervening in Group Conflicts

Provides insight, understanding and hope for handling church conflict. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Revd David MullinsMethodist circuit superintendentLondon