Leading from Polarization to Productive Conflict
Cimarron District | Oklahoma Annual Conference I Oklahoma Methodist Foundation

5 sessions: 1-2-2-2-2 hours, All sessions begin at 6pm
  1. February 21: Define the problem

  2. February 28: Understand your DiSC® style in conflict

  3. March 7: Clarify your automatic response

    [March 14: spring break/off – no session this day]

  4. March 21: Change your automatic response to a more productive one

  5. March 28: How to have conversations that engage conflict productively

Conflict is an ever-present reality in the world. The United Methodist Church is not immune. In fact, the denomination is currently at the center of much controversy. Disaffiliation, distrust, disagreement, and disappointment all contribute to internal conflict. While conflict is necessary, and even healthy, it is divisive when people approach it from a polarized perspective. When issues or people are pitted against each other, conflict has the capacity to destroy relationships, and faith itself. This is true not only in many United Methodist congregations, but in the world as a whole. Yet, this is not Christ’s way. He calls us to both love our neighbor as ourselves, and to “Love one another as I have loved you.” these commands ring hollow when otherwise faithful people insist on black and white perspectives.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Conflict can be restored to its rightful place as a healthy and necessary dynamic in long-term, thriving relationships.
“Leading from Polarization to Productive Conflict” will change the way you interact with others. As a result, you will:
  • Know how to approach people in love, even when you disagree.
  • Expand your self-awareness and increase your emotional resilience.
  • Learn to understand, manage, and redirect your automatic reactions.
  • Curb destructive thoughts and behaviors.
  • Discover how to communicate more effectively in challenging situations.
  • Lead your congregation away from polarization and toward productive conflict.
Cost: $150 per participant Please Register by February 10!
*Includes a personalized Productive Conflict Profile and a copy of Rebekah’s new book, Forging a New Path: Moving the Church Forward in a Post-Pandemic World.
Put this on your calendar, both for clergy and leading laity!

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