Month: July 2014

ABC’s of Church Conflict

One of the helpful definitions of conflict () points out that there are always be three elements which interact when conflict gets inflamed and becomes damaging.  



Website woes

Hi friends, My apologies to many who were trying to access materials over the weekend.  My four wordpress websites suffered a cyber attack on Friday last week which disabled all sites and closed off even my own access.  I had to take each of them down yesterday and rebuild them from scratch.  Thanks for your

Managing Parish Conflict–Diocese of Melbourne Clergy Conference 2014

It was good to catch up with friends in Melbourne this morning for a workshop at this year’s clergy conference.  I was given the topic of Parish Conflict – a bit of a regular with me these days.

Please read more to get access to the links to the powerpoint presentation and also the resources I referred to in the presentation.  A link has also been provided to the article on Conflict resolution within an Asian context.

10 reasons churches should be the experts in conflict resolution

As I work around church communities, it is quite confronting to recognise that churches are naturally conflict prone.  We should be leaders within our communities, knowing and demonstrating reconciliation practices and then ministering these to families and community organisations.  Instead we spend a lot of time denying and suppressing our own conflict and never really get good at dealing with it. So we end up being a conflict prone community which is also conflict averse.  Here is why we need to be experts.

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane–Diocesan Leadership Team Training in Conflict Management

I am enjoying a few days in Brisbane this week working with the leadership team of the Diocese of Brisbane.  The venue is St Francis’s Theological College.  A great place to be able to work for three days. 

Links to the notes for each day’s sessions are following: