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.
MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, whether in the home, school, community, church, or workplace. Having the skills to function effectively in emotionally intense, conflicted situations is important for all of us, especially those of us who are leaders. Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has trained thousands 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.
ADVANCED CLERGY CLINIC IN FAMILY EMOTIONAL PROCESS
The Advanced 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, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition that has implications for all aspects of life. This clinic is especially geared towards pastors, interim pastors, judicatory officials, church consultants, and leaders of other religious organizations.
CLERGY CLINIC IN FAMILY EMOTIONAL PROCESS
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, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition which has implications for all aspects of life.
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.
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.
FACILITATING HEALTH PASTOR-CONGREGATION RELATIONS
The Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations workshop is intended to help congregations design systems for enhancing the relationship between churches and their pastoral leadership. Currently the church is experiencing something of a crisis in the pastorate system. Clergy morale is at an all-time low, with pastors under attack like never before. The net result is an increasing incidence of involuntary pastoral terminations, which leave a lasting legacy of pain in congregations. Such a trend can only be reversed if the church is willing to reexamine some of the ways that the pastorate system has functioned in recent years. Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations would be an appropriate workshop for pastors, lay leaders and other church members, or judicatory staff and committees.
Participants in an LMPC training event have returned to their churches better equipped to minimize or even prevent the damaging effects of congregational conflict. Below are sample comments by clergy members from various denominational backgrounds whose ministry was profoundly blessed by the knowledge and skills they gained at our Mediation Skills Training Institute and other training programs from LMPC.
“I wish I’d received this training 20 years ago. It would have helped me through many painful conflicts.” – Baptist pastor
“Not a program or technique, but a way of ministry.” – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ ) pastor
“It was one of the most meaningful, instructive, and cathartic continuing ed. opportunities I’ve ever been privileged to attend.” – Episcopal priest
“This is the Golden Globe winner of conflict resolution programs. I highly recommend it!” – Episcopal bishop
“The best and most thorough model for mediation with individuals and congregations that I have experienced in more than three decades of ordained ministry.” – Lutheran bishop
“Excellent. Wish I could have taken this training years earlier.” – Mennonite lay leader
“It is an intensive but life-changing week of learning to help the church of Jesus Christ more fully reflect the life of Jesus.” – Methodist pastor
“You should do this! It equips for a desperately needed service for congregations, individuals and others in the church.” – Presbytery executive
“Conflict in the church is a reality. The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center brings a process to conflict in the church which is constructive, healing and preventative.” – Reformed minister
“The Mediation Skills Training Institute was one of the most meaningful and helpful education experiences I have had as a pastor.” – United Church of Christ pastor
“MSTI is a powerful, hands-on training course that provides a solid beginning for those who wish to embark on the practice of mediation.” – Unity lay leader
Thousands of church leaders–pastors, interim pastors, judicatory officials, church consultants, and lay leaders alike–have been blessed by the knowledge, skills, and opportunities for fellowship that they received at one or more of our exceptional training events. For a list of judicatories and other groups that have hosted Mediation Skills Training Institute as a sponsored event, please click here.
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