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)  Attend MSTI in personGood news for those who prefer the interaction and camaraderie of an in-person event!  We will conduct the summer session (August 2-6) of our Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders as a hybrid event, with options to attend either remotely via Zoom or in person.  Although we have not yet secured a site, MSTI will be held in the Chicago area within a reasonable driving distance from O’Hare Airport.   The other sessions of MSTIMay 3-7, June 21-25, October 11-15, and November 15-19, 2021 — will be conducted online.  Registration is now open for all five sessions.

2) Introducing the MSTI Refresher Course:  More good news!  For graduates of our Mediation Skills Training Institute who would like a review of MSTI without having to attend (or pay for) the entire 5-day session, we invite you to register for our new one-day MSTI Refresher Course on Tuesday, May 11; Saturday, June 12; or Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Tuition is just $99 – register today!

3)  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.

4)  Upcoming Dates for One-Day Workshops in 2021Conflict Transformation Skills (CTS) will be offered on Mon, March 22; Sat, April 10; Thurs, June 3; and Wed, November 3.  Healthy Congregations (HC) will be offered on Sat, March 27; Sat, April 17; Tues, June 15; and Thurs, December 2.  Leadership and Anxiety in the Church (LAC) will be offered on Thursday, May 13; Wed, June 9; Thurs, August 19; Wed, September 29; and Thurs, 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.  For details contact our office 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 

   

May 3-7, 2021

 June 21-25, 2021

 August 2-6, 2-21

 October 11-15, 2021

 November 15-19, 2021

 

All sessions of MSTI will be conducted online via Zoom.  In addition, there will be a limited number of openings for in-person attendance at the session in August in the Chicago area (exact site TBD).

 

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 for 2021: January 30, February 18, March 27, April 17, June 15, and December 2

Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

 

Dates scheduled for 2021: January 16, February 13, March 22, April 10, June 3, and November 3

 

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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