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Conflict Management for Laity
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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Terry Sullivan

Conflict is inevitable, but broken relationships and broken people are not.

In these trainings, designed specifically for laity in the Minnesota Conference, we will learn:
  • how interpersonal conflict almost always unfolds and the best ways to quickly de-escalate it.
  • how conflict escalates and unfolds in larger organizations like congregations.
  • how critically important lay leadership is in building conflict-competent and resilient congregations.
Instructor Rev. Susan Nienaber, MDiv., LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, consultant, mediator, ordained clergy person and district superintendent in the MinnesotaConference. Susan will share her original research on this topic and talk about the most effective practices learned from other congregations that successfully recovered from high conflict and trauma.

This virtual training is presented in two sessions:
  • Session 1 - Friday, January 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. -  How Conflict Unfolds and How it Escalates and Simple Practices to Restore Health
  • Session 2 - Saturday, January 23, 9-11 a.m. - Effective Lay Leadership in Resilient Congregations
This program is provided at no cost by Lay Servant Ministries of the Minnesota Annual Conference. The sessions are designed for lay people in Minnesota, but are open to all. Connection information and materials will be sent to those registered by Jan. 20.

For more information contact Terry Sullivan, Lay Servant Ministries Co-Chair

Cost: Free
Deadline: January 20, 2021 12:00 AM
Sponsor: Lay Ministries of the MN Conference

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058