ABOUT PETER SOLI

"I appreciate the guidance and coaching that Pastor Peter Soli provides to congregations and their leaders, helping them move from conflict or uncertainty to deeper clarity about their future and the mission to which God is calling them. I highly recommend Pastor Soli, who brings both a pastor's heart and a depth of experience to the ministry he provides through Dialog Works." 

The Rev. Stephen Delzer
Bishop Emeritus

     Central to his call to ministry has been his desire to make a positive difference in people's lives and in the world. He says, "My interests in theology, family systems, peace making, and facilitation have been bolstered by the many opportunities I have enjoyed in 25 years of ordained ministry. These have included 11-plus years as pastor in four congregations; 10 years as an intentional interim minister in eight congregations, and four years as assistant to the bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission in the Western Iowa Synod.

     Peter founded Dialog Works as a nonprofit organization in October 2020. The organization grew out of his passion for ministry with congregations in transition and the effects of COVID-19 on small congregations.

Degrees and University Education

St. Olaf College

BA Instrumental Music Education

University of Iowa

Graduate Study in Music Education 

Luther Seminary

Master of Divinity

Consulting and Facilitation Training

Flawless Consulting — Contracting and Discovery

Design Learning — Peter Block, organization consultant

Minnesota Technology of Participation

ToP Facilitation Methods 

Strategic Planning 

Mastering ToP Intensive 

Family Systems and Change Theory

Clergy Seminars

Larry Foster, pastor, family therapist, pastoral counselor

Bridge Builders

Bishop Rick Foss, Eastern ND Synod 

Mental Research Institute

Brief Therapy — Richard Fisch, psychiatrist

Mediation 

Congregational Health and Dynamics

Luther Seminary

Intentional Interim Ministry Training

Certified as an Intentional Interim Pastor

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Conflict Mediation in Congregations

Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

Eastern Mennonite University 

Developing ​Healthy Organizations— David Brubaker, professor of organizational leadership

Other Work

Musician/Conductor/Teacher

Fergus Falls Community College — band, orchestra, music theory, jazz groups, ensembles (six yrs)

Woodworker/carpenter

Soli's Wood Shop — grew shop to 13 employees (12 yrs)