Registration fee: $20 per person
Deadline to register: Friday, February 18, 2022
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 introduction to addressing conflict in a win-win manner. We’ll consider the nature and role of conflict. We’ll explore our own personal styles that affect our responses to conflict. We’ll learn practical skills and strategies toward peacemaking. We'll practice skills that will help us manage ourselves and respond to others when conflict appears in any part of our lives--from personal relationships to work settings to our churches.
This workshop is intended for clergy and other church leaders who want concepts and practice for being better prepared when conflict arises. Each participant will receive a training manual. Registrants will be asked to complete a conflict style assessment and review their results before arriving at the workshop.
This is an in-person workshop, with no on-line option at this time. Masks will be required at all times inside the building. Lunch will be provided. Snow date: Saturday, March 26. CEUs are being requested.
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.
Dr. 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.