Where there are people, there is conflict. And since the church is comprised of people, it is inevitable that there will be conflict. Though, contrary to popular belief, conflict is not bad. Rather it is essential and even holds a tremendous opportunity for personal and congregational growth when handled well. This on-demand course will walk you through how to handle conflict in healthy, balanced ways that open doors for community transformation.
To register as a team: $300
To register as an individual: $150
To add a 20 min coaching package: +$75
To add a 60 min coaching package: +$200
- Busting the Myth: Conflict as Healthy
- Finding the Roots Of Conflict
- Keys To Healthy Conflict
- Skills for Using and Teaching Healthy Communication
- Non Violence As An Approach To Conflict
- Dealing With Challenging People
- Navigating Decisions And Differences
- Healthy Lay-Pastor Relationships
- Self Care During Conflict
- Best Practices for Building Healthy Processes For Your Congregation’s Future
Readings and media will be posted on the course classroom website.
This course is designed as an on demand course so you can access it immediately then move through the material at the pace and time that works best for you.
Optional Upgrade for Coaching Session
There are two optional levels (20 minutes for an additional $75 or 60 minutes for an additional $200) of coaching for those who desire individualized attention in dealing with the conflict in their setting. A coach will work with you to understand the root of the conflict and strategies for addressing it within your context.
Curriculum Curator and Coach
Claire W. Bamberg, D.Min., LMFT focuses her coaching primarily on individual and church renewal, leadership development, and healthy communications in inter- and intra- congregation relationships. Claire began her work in organizational systems in Bloomington, Indiana in 1991. In addition to her Masters in Divinity (Harvard Divinity School), Claire also has a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling (CTS, Indiana), membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the International Coach Federation. She is a certified mediator, with additional training in systems mediation, and is currently the Director of Coaching and Senior Consultant for The Center for Progressive Renewal. Claire has served as a supervisor and support at both the masters and doctoral level, for students in training in mental health, to staff of the two Pastoral Counseling Centers with which she was the Executive Director, and to her current team of coaches. She has served as adjunct professor at both Hartford Seminary and Harvard Divinity School, forming lasting coaching relationships with her students.
What resources will I need for this class?
You will need a computer and access to the Internet.
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?
Students will learn how to manage conflict within their congregation and transform it into an opportunity for growth.
What does a typical module look like?
In a typical module session, you’ll be introduced to concepts, strategies, and teachings through video, readings, and links to media.
Should I register as an individual or a congregational team?
Individual registration allows one user to view and interact with the material. Registration as a team allows you to show the videos and use the material with groups in your church such as a church council, ministry team, or working group.