Conflict in the Church: Entrusted With the Message of Reconciliation

Event canceled due to low registration:

St. John’s, Mendota invites you to

Conflict in the Church: Entrusted With the Message of Reconciliation

August 3 & 4, 2018

Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church
607 10th Avenue, Mendota, IL 61342

Sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mendota

Led by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Conflict is a normal part of life, even in the church. Understanding this can help church members realize that they should not be surprised or ashamed when they experience conflict in their faith communities. What is important is how the conflicts that inevitably arise are dealt with. The Conflict in the Church workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner.

The goal of the workshop is prevention. We want participants to gain the understanding and the skills needed to prevent destructive conflicts. We also want participants to see how church conflict can be transformed into an opportunity to learn something new about God’s will for their church.

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is a non-profit ministry whose mission is to “proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice—and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation.” This workshop is one of the ways that LMPC pursues its mission.

This workshop will help you understand:

  • That conflict need not be bad, but is an opportunity for growth.
  • The Biblical basis for conflict transformation.
  • Your own style of responding to conflict.
  • The communication skills necessary to resolve conflict peacefully.
  • Strategies for preventing destructive conflict in the church family.
  • A model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win manner

Who Will Benefit:

The workshop is designed for:

  • Pastors and other church staff, Council members and committee members, all congregation members and leaders.
  • Anyone interested in improving their ability to handle conflict effectively, whether in the church, the home, the workplace, or the community.

Workshop Location:

St. John’s Lutheran Church,
607 10th Avenue, Mendota, IL 61342

Workshop Leader:

Bill Blank is Associate Director of Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) in Lombard, IL. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church and has served as a pastor and interim pastor. He has participated in the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Its Applications at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington D.C. He has experience as a mediator, trainer and church consultant as well as providing coaching for pastors and church leaders.


Registration may be submitted by calling 815-539-5626. Please register by Monday, July 23. You will also need to pick up and fill out a style profile questionnaire in preparation for the workshop, with scores being phoned to the church office by Wednesday, July 25.

The workshop and lunch are free, but the cost of the manuals is $26.00 per person or $40.00 per couple, if sharing one of the manuals.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, August 3, 2018

6:30-7:00 Registration

7:00-8:30 Introduction: The Nature and Role of Conflict

Conflict in the New Testament: Finding Renewal in Conflict

8:30-8:45 Break

8:45-9:30 Understanding Your Own Style of Response to Conflict

Saturday, August 4, 2018

9:00-10:30 Discovering Your Personal Style Profile for Communication in Groups

Interpreting Your Personal Style Profile: Your Unique Strengths and Potential Excesses

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills: Negotiating Win-Win Solutions

12:00-1:00 Lunch: Free to all participants!

1:00-2:30 Congregational Conflict: The Dynamics of Conflict in the Church

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Congregational Conflict: Managing Conflict in the Church

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