Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication – Online short course

Taught by Betty Pries, PhD, CMed

Dates: April 12 – May 23, 2023

Early registration deadline: March 22, 2023
Final registration deadline: April 5, 2023

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.

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. 


Anabaptist Short Course Bundle discount!

Only $995 total for four Anabaptist short courses. Register online and select the bundle price.

*NOTE: Resisting Christian Nationalism with the Gospel of Peace is not included in the Anabaptist Short Course Bundle.

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.

More details

Visit the short course details page for more information about what to expect from a short course, how you can get CEUs, and what technology requirements you’ll need to participate in an online course.

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