I am looking forward to a discussion today around conflict in ministry – signs, prevention and reconciliation with the Gospel Coalition gathering in Melbourne. The presentation and a couple of files are included below.
More documents may be added as we open discussion questions and reflect together on issues related to conflict and reconciliation.
Great to spend the evening with students in the Pastoral Care class at Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Croyden, We explored unique features of conflict in churches, Jesus’ teaching on conflict in Matthew’s gospel, the constituent parts of conflict and how to care for those experiencing conflict and respond to conflict in churches. The notes from our three sessions are linked below.
It was good to continue training the Parish Recovery Consultancy Teams for the Diocese of Sydney today. We worked through strategies and skills for supporting parishes in times of tension and recovery. Part of our learning was exploring dimensions of complex systems theory as it applies to the unique elements of helping church communities process difficult events in their communal life. Notes and tools including the final discussion around Belbin Team roles have been updated to our team dropbox.
I appreciate the opportunity to spend two days partly with Senior Staff and partly with our Parish Support Teams for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. We spent some time in strategic thinking about building conflict competency across the Diocese and also time in training and equipping the consultancy team. Notes are in our team dropboxes.
Great to be spending the day with clergy from the UCA Yarra Yarra Presbytery up at Pallotti Retreat Centre in Millgrove exploring issues of team ministry. It is a perfect day for being outside in the sunshine enjoying the view. We are actually inside trying to see the data projector!! Notes and resources from our session are linked below.