Monday, February 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM EST
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST

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Friedens United Church of Christ 
8300 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46217

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Rebecca Braganza 
Indiana-Kentucky Conference, United Church of Christ 
(317) 924-1395 


Mediation Skills Training Institute

Everyone Has to Deal with Conflict

 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.


Richard Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. LMPC desires to equip others to be ministers of reconciliation in daily life. Richard has led hundreds of workshops on conflict transformation and mediation skills, and serves as a mediator and consultant for individuals, churches, schools, and other organizations.

Meals and Accommodations

Daily refreshments and lunches on Monday and Friday are included. Participants will need to arrange for their own lodging as well as all other meals. Lodging options, directions, and a registrant list will be sent with confirmation of registration, after the pre-registration deadline


The Mediation Skills Training Institute runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Monday, which starts at 9:00 a.m., and Friday, which concludes at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, 2/10/20

  • Introduction: The Nature and Role of Conflict
  • Conflict in the Bible: Finding Renewal in Conflict
  • Understanding Your Own Style of Response to Conflict
  • Your Personal Style Profile for Communication at Work
  • Affirming Your Strengths and Managing Your Excesses

Tuesday, 2/11/20

  • Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills: How to Be Effective
  • When People Are Angry
  • Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills: Negotiating Win-Win Solutions
  • Mediating Conflict Between Individuals: An Overview of the Process
  • Mediation Skills: Getting People to the Table
  • Mediation Skills: The Introduction Stage

Wednesday, 2/12/20

  • Mediation Skills: The Story-Telling Stage
  • Mediation Skills: The Problem-Solving Stage
  • Mediation Skills: The Agreement Stage

Thursday, 2/13/20

  • Mediating Multi-Party Disputes
  • Congregational Conflict: Understanding Conflict in Groups
  • Family Systems Theory and Church Conflict
  • Designing Effective Group Decision-Making Procedures
  • Congregational Conflict: Structuring Dialogue When Anxiety Is High

Friday, 2/14/20

  • Mediating Congregational Disputes: An Overview of the
  • Mediation Process
  • Mediation Skills: Contracting, Information Gathering, and Education Phases
  • Mediation Skills: Healing and Problem-Solving Phases
  • Mediation Skills: Bringing Closure to the Mediation

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