Mediators and non-mediators who desire to work with conflicts within faith
communities across the belief spectrum. This includes mediators, counselors,
therapists, ministers, faith community members and leaders, and so on.
Workbook – Each
participant receives a detailed, sequential 104-page workbook for the workshop
and future reference. It includes narrative, checklists, various charts, and an
extensive reference list. Its title is: SMALL
WARS: A guide to resolving conflicts in houses of worship from initial contact
through forgiveness and reconciliation. The stated purpose is: To restore
hope and harmony where it most belongs – in Houses of Worship. The List of
Contents is attached.
Requirements: While being trained in mediation is a huge help, it is not
mandatory as the methods described and practiced here, except for questioning
strategies, are not methods generally used in interpersonal mediations. They
are easily learned by anyone.
Length: 7-8 hours
(one full day).
the psychology of group conflict as expressed through actions, a conflict
escalation model, and the human effects of prolonged congregational
conflict. Covers specific techniques of
information gathering, pattern analysis, and application of findings. Takes the
participants through a settlement negotiation process, but focuses more on the
effects of the conflict and their desire to be a whole faith community again
than it does on the “identified patient” of specific issues. It then provides a
clear, sequential process for guiding the entire congregation through the
settlement, peace, and reconciliation process.
Highly interactive and uses the participant’s experiences and knowledge to
create strategies for their own faith communities. I use some PowerPoint (no
“death by PowerPoint”), videos, and real-life scenarios throughout. The goal is
to give them new tools as well as new ways to use the knowledge they already
Ideal number of
participants: 20-40, but it could be more.
Based on costs.