REDEMPTIVE CHURCH INTERVENTION Helping Churches Rebuild Gospel Culture in the Midst of Conflict
STEWARDING CONFLICT TO RESHAPE THE CULTURE
Church conflict is among the most complex and painful that individuals experience. When expectations are high, even the slightest failure results in a level of hurt that surprises and shocks church members and leaders alike. Why? The gap between expectations and experience is often filled with anger, bitterness, and judgment. Peacemaking that relies on the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides practical and long-lasting help for real change, and a God-honoring way of dealing with the disappointments experienced through church conflict. So much is at stake. On the night before Jesus was crucified, he prayed that his followers would be “brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you [the Father] sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:23)
WE CAN ASSIST IN THE MOST DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
LAPM staff members have assisted churches facing some of the most challenging and difficult situations that can be imagined, including conflicts related to sexual misconduct and sexual abuse. These types of concerns are best addressed by a conciliation team that also understands the dynamics of trauma, abuse, and violence. Since LAPM staff members are cross-trained as counselors, conciliation efforts involving complicated and serious injuries benefit from the wisdom and experience of LAPM’s Gospel-centered counselors.
OUR TEAM CAN HELP
LAPM constructs a team that is uniquely designed to provide the necessary human resources to conduct extensive interviews, training and education regarding biblical peacemaking, and individual and group conflict coaching as part of the pre-mediation preparation. The peacemaking effort is led by an experienced case manager who works with and for the church to organize the multitude of details that must be addressed to respond to the many levels of conflict. The conciliation team builds on all of the pre-mediation efforts to address the root causes of the conflict.
OUR CONCILIATION SERVICES INCLUDE TEACHING AND TRAINING - PERSONAL INTERVIEWS - CONFLICT COACHING - MEDIATION
The LAPM team presents “Responding to Conflict Biblically Seminar.” Everyone affected by the conflicts is encouarged to attend this training; participation in any subsequent mediation activity will require participation at this seminar.
Our LAPM team members conduct personal interviews with church leaders and other people affected by the conflicts, or who have a voice that needs to be heard in the situation. The interviews help to determine the necessary steps toward reconciling relationships.
Conflict coaching sessions are private meetings (in person, by telephone, or through Skype) designed to assist individuals attempting to resolve personal and interpersonal conflict on their own. Conflict coaching is also a key component in helping parties prepare for a productive mediation process.
When private and personal attempts to resolve conflict have failed all parties can agree to participate in an intensive reconciliation process. Our mediation process utilizes a G.O.S.P.E.L Agenda and provides an effective and safe process for church members, leaders and pastors to address and resolve personal and substantive issues