Communication and Conflict Resiliency for Your Church and Life x

Listening is a sacred art.  Our culture rarely teaches folks approaches to healthy listening and conflict resiliency.  Most churches, like most people, find they have room to grow in this area whenever they enter tender topics and crucial conversations. 

We are frequently getting requests about resources for individuals and churches around skills to help transform conflict into health choices, conversations  and actions.  The current political and social climate in our country and world is finding its echo in our communities and congregations.  This Spring and Summer we want to offer you a unique opportunity to grow as a community in response to all this. 

Growing Your Communication and Conflict Resiliency Capacity Online course, beginning in the Summer 2017:  This is a 10 module online program led by Claire Bamberg, of the Center for Progressive Renewal.  It is an online program, and then some: 

  • We are inviting 10 church teams (1 pastor and 2 lay members) to join together to learn the ideas and strategies from the curriculum, and, to support each other and each others churches in learning communities in bringing it home. 
  • You can study the 10 online modules at your own pace.  This is a course, and you will get out of it what you put into it. It is rich with opportunities for self-reflections and with opportunities for deepening conversations.
  • Periodically, we will offer some group gatherings online where everyone has a chance to ask questions, share insights and think strategies. 
  • You'll also get an hour of individual coaching for each church from the instructor. 
  • The program will start in June and you will have through September to complete the modules.  Its plenty of time to work around each individuals summer plans.   

This will be first come, first serve to the first 10 churches that register. 


Use this link to Register your church.


Participants will be asked to read:

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler


This program is meant to help stable churches develop understanding and skills.  If you are experiencing a higher level of anxiety or intensity, speak with your Associate Conference Minister about using this program or others with your church.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Don Remick—


This program is underwritten by a grant so that we can offer it to our churches this one time at a reduced rate. 

In addition, your OCWM and UCM support have made these programs possible. 


Here’s What We’ll Focus on:

Developing skills to speak and listen with open minds and hearts so conflict doesn’t escalate.

Helping the congregation in setting limits on unhealthy behavior.

Helping the congregation create clear and faithful channels for communication and dialogue.


The Programs:

For a church team including the pastor and 2 lay people. 

The church will receive a session of individual coaching for the church or the pastor. 

Work in cohort groups of churches to learn together from the material and each other's insights.

Each program will cost $250 for a church team of 3.