The Iowa Conference Conflict Transformation Team presents:
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches
a one-day workshop for clergy and other church leaders
Saturday, October 16, 2021—10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ave., Ames, Iowa
Conflict happens. It is a reality in every church and every relationship—especially if they’re healthy ones. We will respond to and resolve conflict more effectively when we have a plan and the expectation that there is a way through it. That’s the subject of this one-day workshop which will offer a Biblically-grounded process for addressing conflict in a win-win manner. We’ll consider the nature and role of conflict. We’ll identify our own personal styles that affect our responses to conflict. We’ll learn practical skills and strategies toward peacemaking. And we’ll see how all of this comes into play when conflict arises in larger groups and settings such as churches.
This workshop is intended for clergy and other church leaders who want to be better prepared when conflict arises. Each participant will receive a training manual and other resources. Coffee and light hospitality will be provided, and lunch will be on your own. Registration is free but due by Monday, October 11
so that we can have materials for you.
This is an in-person workshop, with no on-line option at this time. Masks will be required at all times inside the building.
Facilitators for this session will be Lee Schott and Alan Lerstrom, who recently participated in a week-long training through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center on mediation skills for use in churches.
Rev. Lee Roorda Schott
currently serves as pastor of Valley United Methodist Church in West Des Moines. She has been a frequent speaker and workshop leader, including on the subject of conflict and peacemaking, following her nine years as pastor of Women at the Well inside the Iowa women’s prison. Her experiences there generated her book Foolish Church: Messy, Raw, Real, and Making Room
and its companion The Fools’ Manual.
Alan C. Lerstrom
is a retired professor of communication studies at Luther College in Decorah, IA. He primarily taught courses in interpersonal, small group, and non-verbal communication which addressed conflict and problem solving. He has served the Iowa Annual Conference, by being a member of d-COM for the past 12 years and as a representative to the Annual Conference.