LMPC

MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING INSTITUTE

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.

LMPC

MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING INSTITUTE

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.

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18

Limited space available: Registration MSTI in Alabama still open

The North Alabama Presbytery will sponsor our Mediation Skills Training Institute at the lovely Maranatha Camp & Conference Center in Scottsboro, AL from August 27-31, 2018.  Registration for this interdenominational event is open to the general public.  The North Alabama Presbytery is handling registration; therefore, you cannot register as usual at Brown Paper Tickets.  For contact information, a brochure, a registration form, and all the details with regard to fees, lodging, meals, etc., please click here.

About MSTI

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.

The institute includes lectures, discussion, and guided practice in role-plays. Active and practical in focus, the sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants.

Participants learn about:

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is also available to present the Mediation Skills Training Institute in your location upon the invitation of a hosting group. Typically, such groups include denominational judicatory bodies interested in training a large number of people to be available to their churches as mediators and trainers in conflict transformation. For more information about how you can sponsor an LMPC event, please visit our Sponsored Events page, call us at 630-627-0507, or email us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org

Who Will Benefit

  • PASTORS and INTERIM PASTORS of all denominations— to enhance skills for managing
    conflict in the church.
  • JUDICATORY LEADERS— Bishops; Conference Ministers; District Superintendents; Diocesan,
    Presbytery, Synod Staff– to assist pastors and congregations in handling conflicts.
  • DENOMINATIONAL OFFICIALS and CHURCH CONSULTANTS— to bring healing in the midst
    of divisive church fights.
  • LAY LEADERS and PASTOR-PARISH COMMITTEE MEMBERS— to receive valuable leadership training to benefit the church, while also gaining insight for peaceful conflict transformation in the home.
  • ADMINISTRATORS— to introduce conflict transformation to the organizations they oversee.
  • MANAGERS and SUPERVISORS— to help workers diminish conflict and enhance productivity.
  • COLLEGE and SEMINARY STUDENTS— to gain hands-on skills training not typically offered inregular classes.
  • ATTORNEYS— to gain skills in alternative dispute resolution procedures.
  • COMMUNITY MEDIATION CENTER STAFF and VOLUNTEERS— to acquire additional skills in a transformational model of mediation for working with both individuals and groups.

Additional Information

The Mediation Skills Training Institute runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Monday, which starts at 9:00 a.m., and Friday, which concludes at 4:00 p.m.
The institute includes lectures, discussion, and guided practice in role-plays. Active and practical in focus, the sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants. A more detailed description of the sessions is available upon request.
October 1-5, 2018
Minnetonka United Methodist Church
17611 Lake St. Ext. — Minnetonka, MN (Minneapolis area)

November 12-16, 2018
First Mennonite Church
601 East Parham Rd. — Richmond, VA

March 18-22, 2019
Peninsula Bible Church
3505 Middlefield Road ~ Palo Alto, CA

May 13-17, 2019
Utica United Methodist Church
8650 Canal Road — Sterling Heights, MI

August 5-9, 2019
exact site yet to be determined
Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago area)

Tuition is $695 when you pay in full by February 9 for the March Institute; April 6 for the May Institute; July 6 for the August Institute; August 31 for the October Institute; October 12 for the November Institute – or $895 after those dates. Participants receive a training manual and other materials upon arrival. Cancellations are subject to a $100 nonrefundable fee if LMPC is notified at least two weeks prior to the institute, or half of the registration fee otherwise. Enrollment is limited, so we encourage you to register early. To register, send the attached registration form with a check to LMPC, or register online at www.LMPeaceCenter.org/events/
Richard Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. LMPC desires to equip others to be ministers of reconciliation in daily life. Richard has led hundreds of workshops on conflict transformation and mediation skills, and serves as a mediator and consultant for individuals, churches, schools, and other organizations
Daily refreshments and lunches on Monday and Friday are included. Participants will need to arrange for their own lodging as well as all other meals. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email, along with helpful information such as lodging options and directions to the host church from the nearest airport.

REGISTRATION & DISCOUNTS

To register online for an upcoming MSTI, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/720852.

If you prefer to send in a registration form with a check, please fill out the form that can be found on our brochure.

We offer an early registration discount of $200 for people who register at least one month prior to the MSTI.  Exact deadlines vary – please see the brochure or online registration for details.

HOSTING MSTI

LMPC is also available to present the Mediation Skills Training Institute in your location upon the invitation of a hosting group.  Typically, such groups include denominational or judicatory bodies interested in training a large number of people to be available to their churches as mediators and trainers in conflict transformation.  For more information, click here.  For a list of previous MSTI sponsors, click here.

Sponsored Events

Do you want to offer an LMPC training event for members of your congregation or organization?

The Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leader–or any of our other workshops–can be presented on a contract basis for churches, judicatories, or denominational offices interested in providing training for a group of people in their region.

Benefits of sponsoring a contracted event:

Your church or judicatory might benefit from sponsoring an LMPC training event if you:

  • Are experiencing conflict or high levels of group anxiety
  • Are navigating or preparing for significant changes that might produce anxiety
  • Want to equip clergy, staff, or lay leaders how to respond to anxiety as church leaders
  • Want to train a mediation team within your congregation or judicatory
  • Want to develop resources to help your church function in a healthier manner
  • Have other needs related to leadership, conflict, or anxiety in the church

Churches of all denominations have found the value of hosting the LMPC events, including workshops and the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI).   Check out the Testimonial section at the bottom of this page, or go to our Testimonials page for a more extensive list of quotes by judicatory leaders and previous MSTI hosts.

How to sponsor a training event:

If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring a particular training event in your region, please contact LMPC at admin@LMPeaceCenter.org or call 630-627-0507 to explore this option.

You can contract with LMPC to hold an event that is “in-house” (registration is open only to a select group), or an event that is open to the general public. “In-house” events would not be announced on this website. Arrangements and registration would be made with the LMPC staff person leading the in-house sponsored event.

Attending a sponsored event:

Events that are sponsored by judicatory and denominational offices and are open to registrations outside of their sponsoring group are announced on this page. Please note that to register for a sponsored event, you must register through the sponsoring organization instead of through LMPC. Registration information is provided on the event’s brochure.

TESTIMONIALS

Churches of all denominations have discovered the benefit of hosting our Mediation Skills Training Institute.  Here’s a small sample of what past participants have said about this invaluable training event:

“Best continuing education I ever took!” ~ Presbyterian Pastor

“It was one of the most meaningful, instructive, and cathartic continuing ed opportunities I’ve ever been privileged to attend.” ~ Episcopal Priest

“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

“This is the golden Globe winner of conflict resolution programs.  I highly recommend it!” ~ Episcopal Bishop

VIDEO – Why I Love the Lombard Mediation Process

Contact Us

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

101 W. 22nd Street, Suite 206
Lombard, IL 60148

630-627-0507

admin@lmpeacecenter.org

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