Growing Through Conflict

Growing Through Conflict

Growing Through Conflict: resources from Churches Together in Cumbria

Conflict is a normal part of life. Conflict in our churches is not unusual, whether it is a disagreement over the use of a room, a protracted discussion about roles and responsibilities, or a strong difference of opinion about our theology of sexuality.

In our churches, we are no strangers to conflict. Jesus spoke about the need to embrace those with whom we have disagreements; about making peace with one another. As committed Christians, we are dedicated to the way of forgiveness and reconciliation. This way, however, may lead us through difficult conversations and can even lead to conflict. Finding creative ways to work with conflict, and to transform it for good, is at the heart of our ministry in the name of Christ.

The Growing Through Conflict network was set up by Churches Together in Cumbria to embrace difference within our churches, and our communities, and to offer resources and support to transform conflict.

The network is made up of people from member churches of CTiC who have experience or training in conflict resolution, mediation or conflict transformation. Many of have been involved in Bridge Builders, Core Solution or Place for Hope training programmes.

We meet regularly to offer one another support and resources.

Workshops

We offer the following training days both on set dates and on request:

“Growing Through Conflict Foundation Day”: understanding conflict and ways to respond
“Growing Through Conflict Further Skills Day”: focussing on practising the skills learned on the Foundation Day
“Exploring Spirituality, Scripture and Conflict”: what does the Bible have to say about conflict?

To request one of these workshops or for further information please contact the group via Brec Seaton (seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk)

Conflict Transformation

In addition, we can offer accompaniment to congregations or individuals of any denomination who are experiencing difficulty, conflict or disagreement. In the first instance, please contact Brec Seaton (seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk) for support.