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

We provide 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 LMPC

1)  CHANGE IN FORMAT: In response to the COVID pandemic, and out of concern for the safety of everyone involved, we have decided to conduct all sessions of our Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders scheduled through the end of this year in an online format rather than in person.  The dates will remain the same: August 3-7, August 31-September 4, October 5-9, and November 16-20, 2020.  We invite you to join like-minded disciples of Christ for this stimulating and practical workshop!  Register by mail or online at BrownPaperTickets.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org or 630-627-0507.

2) Join us for a timely Webinar:  How can church leaders respond to the challenges of the current pandemic and the resultant “radical aloneness” that afflicts many of us?  This webinar will integrate Bowen family systems theory with the research of John Cacioppo, social neuroscientist.  Join us online for Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation, and learn how church leaders can reach out to people in a spirit of compassion and help them overcome potential loneliness.  The session on Wednesday, May 27 is sold out; however, it will be repeated on Thursday, June 11 at 2:00pm Central Time,  and also on Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00am Central Time.  The fee is $30, payable at the time of registration, which is being handled online by Brown Paper Tickets.  Thank you for your patience as we explore presenting our events in an online format!

3)  Pilgrimage postponed: The Peacemaker’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land that was to have taken place on January 13-26, 2021 has been rescheduled for January of 2022, by which time we hope and pray that it will be safe to travel again. 

OUR TRAINING EVENTS

We offer 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 

Aug. 3-7, 2020  ~  online via Zoom

Aug. 31-Sep. 4, 2020  ~  online via Zoom

Oct. 5-9, 2020  ~  online via Zoom

Nov. 16-20, 2020  ~  online via Zoom

Advanced Clergy Clinic (2020-2021) 

October 19-21, 2020

February 1-3, 2021

April 19-21, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:  If the coronavirus has not been contained and travel restrictions have not been lifted by this fall, Advanced Clergy Clinic will proceed as scheduled but in an online format.

   

 

Clergy Clinic (2020-2021)

Group A:

October 26-28, 2020    

February 8-10, 2021

April 26-28, 2021

 Group B:

November 9-11, 2020    

February 22-24, 2021   

May 17-19, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:  If the coronavirus has not been contained and travel restrictions have not been lifted by this fall, Clergy Clinic will proceed as scheduled but in an online format.

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church

 

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Healthy Congregations

 

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Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

Pewaukee, WI ~ dates TBD

 

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Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations

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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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