"Truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19
A church experiencing conflict and change runs the risks of turning inward, losing site of its mission, and seeing a drop in membership. A leader tangled up in conflict struggles to make his or her best decisions. For the last 25 years I have worked with leaders and congregations to help make sense of their current situation, discern God's leading for the future, and to move from discouragement to hope.
My work is with pastors, lay leaders and congregations dealing with change, conflict, or unresolved disputes. Using the tools of facilitation, mediation, and conflict coaching my services help leaders achieve their goals. This is accomplished through creative solutions and action. Dialogue will help put your ideas to work.
One of my first conflict resolution challenges was the evening 35 church members showed up unexpectedly at my meeting. They demanded an explanation and action. "Why have all the building locks been changed? How can I get in the church? You don't trust me?!" I was their new pastor. It was my first week. I'm glad to report, dialogue worked.
I have served primarily ELCA congregations and pastors. Often my my contract is with Synods. I work where there is conflict, transition, or both. In this work, I have facilitated the formation of two new multipoint parishes; and have walked with congregations making a decision to close. My clients are leaders in the church.