Managing Differences Within Faith Communities
Differences in the congregation don’t have to result in a polarization that leaves a congregation stuck in disagreement. Resilient congregations understand this. Still, many of us feel ill prepared to handle conflict within our faith communities. In this course you will learn how to transform conflict into spiritual and community renewal, focusing on:
congregations as family systems;
levels of conflict within faith communities;
collaborative and transparent decision-making principles;
theological principles on conflict;
structured dialogue in high-anxiety situations; and
congregational discernment processes.
Explore these issues and develop practical techniques for working effectively with these ever-present dynamics.