Welcome To

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Actively engaged in Christ’s sacred ministry of reconciliation since 1983.

We offer educational resources on the whole range of Christian peace and justice issues, including training to help churches discover how conflict can be an arena for God’s revelation.

CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

Whether in the home, school, community, church, or workplace, conflict is inevitable. The ability to address conflict in a win-win manner, which seeks to bring healing to broken relationships, is crucial for all, particularly for leaders in the church.

Welcome To

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Actively engaged in Christ’s sacred ministry of reconciliation.

We offer educational resources on the whole range of Christian peace and justice issues, including training to help churches discover how conflict can be an arena for God’s revelation.

CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

Whether in the home, school, community, church, or workplace, conflict is inevitable. The ability to address conflict in a win-win manner, which seeks to bring healing to broken relationships, is crucial for all, particularly for leaders in the church.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18

WHO WE ARE

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center seeks to proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice, and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation, wherever and whenever we can.

WHAT WE DO

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center provides speakers and education resources for churches of all denominations on biblical peace and justice issues, as well as conflict transformation skills training and training for church leaders grounded in family systems theory. We also provide mediation and consultation services for churches, schools, and other organizations.

GET INVOLVED

Ask us questions. Explore our website further. Register for a workshop. Encourage a friend to register also. Purchase a book. Make a donation. Suggest to your church that they sponsor one of our workshops. Healing and reconciliation can begin only when you take the next step!

Bulletin Board: the latest news from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

1)  How to Register: We have discontinued the services of BrownPaperTickets and are now using TicketSpice for online registrations. This service is available right here on our website.  Click on the Registration tab and then click on “Buy Tickets.”  You can also pay by check if you prefer.  For details, contact us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org or 630-627-0507.

2)  Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders in 2021:  We will present our signature five-day event five times this year.  The dates will be May 3-7, June 21-25, August 2-6, October 11-15, and November  15-19, 2021.  Although our preference would be to hold these events in person, circumstances beyond our control obviously will dictate whether we continue to conduct our events online, revert to in-person attendance, or perhaps offer “hybrid” events.  Please check back with us from time to time for updates!

3)  Upcoming Dates for One-Day Workshops in 2021Conflict Transformation Skills (CTS) will be offered on Monday, March 22 and Saturday, April 10.  Healthy Congregations (HC) will be offered on Saturday, March 27 and Saturday, April 17.  Leadership and Anxiety in the Church (LAC) will be offered Wednesday, March 10; Thursday, May 13; Wednesday, June 9; Thursday, August 19; Wednesday, September 29; and Thursday, November 4.  The individual rate for either CTS or HC is $99, and $109 for LAC. A discount of 15% is available for groups of four or more.  Online sales end approximately 10 days before the event begins. For details please contact our office at 630-627-0507 or click HERE.  

OUR TRAINING EVENTS

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center offers a number of training events around the country for which you can register directly with our office or online.

Many of our workshops can also be presented upon the invitation of a hosting church, either as an event for that church’s own members or as an ecumenical event that is promoted throughout one’s community.

They can also be hosted by a judicatory office (Diocese, Synod, Presbytery, Conference, etc.) for a clergy gathering or a pastor—lay leader training event.

Mediation Skills Training Institute

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has trained hundred of church leaders from a wide range of denominations in the skills that are needed to deal with conflict in the church setting through its Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders.

 

Clergy Clinic

The Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting. It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one’s ministry. Graduates of our Clergy Clinic can register for our Advanced Clergy Clinic in order to study Bowen family systems in even greater depth.

Healthy Congregations

The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose.

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church

We live in an age of increased anxiety, which impacts church systems and leaders. Family systems theory offers a way of understanding congregational dynamics and anxiety. This seminar looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.

Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

The Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Below are a few of our upcoming events.  For more information about a particular event, visit the events page or consult the relevant brochure.

 

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders 

 

 

 

March 1-5, 2021

 

May 3-7, 2021

 

June 21-25, 2021

 

August 2-6, 2-21

 

October 11-15, 2021

 

November 15-19, 2021

 

 

Until further notice, we plan to conduct all sessions of MSTI online via Zoom.

 

Advanced Clergy Clinic (2021-2022) 

October 18-20, 2021

February 7-9, 2022

April 25-27, 2022

PLEASE NOTE:  Advanced Clergy Clinic will be conducted as a hybrid event (i.e. both in person and online).  Registrants will be sent the appropriate link via email just before the workshop begins.  

 

Clergy Clinic (2020-2021)

Group A:

October 25-27, 2021     

February 14-16, 2022

May 2-4, 2022

 Group B:

November 8-10, 2021     

March 7-9, 2022    

May 23-25, 2022

PLEASE NOTE:  Clergy Clinic will be conducted online via Zoom.  Registrants will be sent the appropriate link via email just before the workshop begins.

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church

 

Wednesday, March 10

Thursday, May 13

Wednesday, June 9

Thursday, August 19

Wednesday, September 29

Thursday, November 4 

Healthy Congregations

 

Dates scheduled so far in 2021 (more dates to come): January 30, February 18, March 27, and April 17

Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

 

Dates scheduled so far in 2021 (more dates to come): January 16, February 13, March 22, and April 10

 

Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations

 

The Holy Land: A Peacemaker’s Pilgrimage

The trip that was originally scheduled for January 13-26, 2021 has been postponed for one year.  Please join us in January of 2022 for an unforgettable journey!

Visit pilgrimage sites and peacemaking ministries, and learn about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, biblical peacemaking, conflict transformation, and church leadership.

Contact Us

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

101 W. 22nd Street, Suite 206
Lombard, IL 60148
630-627-0507

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