Conflict is normal and inevitable whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. Leaders in all walks of life often have a responsibility to help others work through their conflicts.
The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.
Although focused primarily on the church setting, the skills learned are directly transferable to other settings. Thus managers in business, attorneys, experienced mediators and others in leadership will be enriched by the training as well.
LMPC began in 1983 as a congregationally-based ministry with a local and regional focus to its outreach ministries. LMPC was conceived as a peace resource center – sharing speakers, audio-visual resources, and literature with churches and the broader public throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond.
Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leader
s has been utilized as a resource by multiple denominations for equipping pastors and other leaders with the skills necessary to address conflict in transforming ways.