Change & Conflict in Your Congregation (Even if You Hate Both)
Based on the book of the same title, this workshop offers a way to see conflict and change in congregations as natural and normal. Indeed, what if conflict was a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit? And what if conflict is an important part of the process of the church being church? What if conflict is the inevitable part of becoming a more justice-seeking church? And what if change were understood as truly the nature of the church? Yes, there are those who behave very badly, but we don’t have to accept bad behavior. We can draw boundaries that are healthy and move congregations forward in following the call of the Spirit to a new and perhaps, different mission. And we can use conflict to help us manage the change necessary for renewing the congregation. This course is designed to be participant-centered where participants work with each other and the facilitator on strategies based on the material presented. Ordained and lay leaders are encouraged to participate, as are teams from a congregation. Each participant will be asked to prepare a brief case study to work on over the course of the week. Information on how to prepare the case study, as well as a series of short articles will be provided prior to the course. Each participant will receive a copy of the facilitator’s book.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified.
Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability).
For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar’s Office at either 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m. (MST).
Three ways to register:
- Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: [email protected]
- Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MST.