Small congregations have been the backbone of communities and denominations as they have raised leaders, generously provided support for local and global mission, and have endeavored to follow Jesus. The Spirit of God has done amazing things through these congregations, but now many are at risk. Demographic changes, cultural changes, the aging of membership, and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic combine to threaten the sustainability of these congregation’s ministries. Dialog Works has dedicated itself to accompanying congregations as they discern where God is leading them. Your gifts to Dialog Works allow us to provide our services free or at a reduced cost.
"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."
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.
My focus is helping churches more clearly discern the direction of God's leading. Congregations have found the Hope in Christ process both practical and powerful. Where there is disagreement or conflict, the Let's Talk encourages healing and restoration. Christ's church is energized and prepared for the future as leaders are fed and strengthened.
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.