18 - 29
12:00 AM - 12:00 AMAdd to Calendar (ics)
Regardless of how loving and peaceful your congregation is, no matter how spiritual or biblically informed, how well educated in how to conduct church business, how kind and gentle, conflict happens. And difficult conversations need to be had. Confusion, differences of opinion and personality clashes need to be addressed. Often these are conversations that can be had with individuals, or limited to a small group of people. But, if left long enough, they can boil over and affect and entire community. Regardless of the church polity and denominational authority, all congregations have relationships and seek to form community, where relationships of trust and love are paramount. When we do not know about conflict, or how to approach it, we tend to fear it and avoid it. Through this short course, we will address some aspects of these difficult conversations. We will recast the word “conflict” from a term of dread to one of process and shared opportunity for creative outcomes. We will look at guidelines, which are not to eliminate conflict, but to make it constructive as we seek to be faithful to God.