Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication

Taught by Betty Pries, CMed, MTS, PhD

Dates: April 14 - May 25, 2021

Early registration deadline: March 17, 2021.
Final registration deadline: April 7, 2021.

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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. 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.

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. Courses do not typically involve live video conversations (as in a webinar) or other activities in which all class members come together at one time. These courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and include written forum discussion. You won't recieve 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.

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  • 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.

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