Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication
Taught by Betty Pries, CMed, MTS, PhD
Dates: April 20 - May 31, 2022
Early registration deadline: March 16, 2022.
Final registration deadline: April 13, 2022.
Conflict in the congregation is one of the most difficult experiences pastors and lay leaders will encounter while in ministry. Conflict can destroy congregations. Done well, however, engaging differences can be a sign of vitality, energy and spiritual maturity.
Drawing from Biblical, theological, practical and spiritual sources, this course will explore the possibilities and pitfalls of courageously engaging in differences within congregational life and in building congregational cultures that nurture the tender balance between honesty and kindness and that generate faithfulness and joy.
Short course students are expected to read assigned materials and complete short assignments, writing in an online discussion forum. Students manage their own time to meet weekly assignment deadlines. This short course also includes optional, weekly, live video conversations. Request a syllabus.
Betty Pries specializes in providing mediation, training, facilitation, coaching and consulting services for businesses, not for profit organizations, governments and churches. She is a sessional faculty member at AMBS. Read more about what Betty brings to this short course.
Anabaptist Short Course Bundle discount!
Only $995 total for four Anabaptist short courses. Register online and select the bundle price.
How short courses work
Courses are offered online and last six weeks each. Short course students are expected to complete coursework on their own and post to an online forum weekly. These short courses also include optional, weekly, live video conversations which are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.
Short courses explore topics like Anabaptist history, biblical study, spiritual and ethical issues, worship, and more. These non-credit courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and include written forum discussion. You won't receive a grade, but readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, and professors assume you have critical thinking skills and some previous academic study.
For more information about what to expect from the course visit the short course details page.
Register for short courses
- Early registration: US $300 per course
- Regular registration: US $350 per course
- Anabaptist Short Course Bundle: US $995 total for four courses!*
- Global South Scholarships are available.
Find out how short courses work, how you can get CEUs, and what requirements you'll need to participate in online short courses. Learn more.
*NOTE: Anabaptist Worship Network online short courses are not included in the Anabaptist Short Course Bundle. Learn more about the bundle.