Educational Ministry of the Church - Lesson 21

Conflict Resolution and Summary

Being trained in skills for conflict resolution helps you to have realistic expectations and gives you the tools you need to effectively resolve situations as they arise.

Gary Parrett
Educational Ministry of the Church
Lesson 21
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Conflict Resolution and Summary

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IV.  Conflict Resolution

A.  Weigh the seriousness of the matter.

B.  Make appropriate use of time and space.

C.  Guidelines for action:

1.  Look in the mirror; search your heart before proceeding.

2.  Resolve to deal with the issue.

3.  Try to separate the person from the issue.

4.  Preserve the dignity of the other person.

5.  Be sure you know the facts.

6.  Choose your words carefully.

a.  Speak the truth in love.

b.  Aim at restoration and encouragement.

7.  Take appropriate measures appropriately.

a.  Pray before acting.

b.  Seek counsel, if possible.

c.  Consider all the ramifications.

d.  Recheck your motives for action.

e.  Be ready to own your decisions.

8.  Be ready to act boldly as God directs.

9.  Be ready to forgive, receive again, and follow-up.

10.  Be sure to learn through the experience.

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V.  One Final Word

The importance of the spiritual discipline of listening for the teacher ...

Some Ingredients for Significant Christian Formation in the Church


1.  Attention to all three of the Church's chief tasks: worship, outreach and Christian formation.


2.  Community worship service(s) that is(are) focused on worship of God in Spirit and truth, sensitive to seekers and concerned for Christian Formation.


3.  Some form of community teaching/telling of 'the Story' of God's plan of redemption.


4.  A training of would-be members in the basics of the Christian Way.


5.  Ongoing equipping of parents to do their part in raising their children in the faith.


6.  Consistent, ongoing teaching of all members, regardless of age. This may include a Sunday School format and/or Small Group Bible studies during the week.


7.  Occasional opportunities for extended times of teaching/learning - seminars, retreats, etc., that focus on specific themes, topics or Bible books.


8.  Teaching of appropriate materials to specific groups of people - grouped by age, gender, ministry teams, special needs or interests.


9.  Memorization of Bible portions, creeds, catechisms, hymns and other teaching tools can be encouraged and coupled with appropriate teaching/explanation.


10.  Provision of some form of mentoring or 'discipleship' in a one-on-one or other high accountability situation/Spiritual Direction.


11.  Seizing upon teachable moments for the whole community.


12.  Equipping of members in the areas of their giftedness and other avenues of service through mentoring, workshops, service opportunities and evaluations.


13.  Planned and spontaneous community experiences of genuine fellowship, recreation and work.


14.  Outreach activities of various sorts, including mission trips, accompanied by pre-briefing and debriefing.


15.  Regular invitation of guest preachers/teachers from outside the community to bring perspectives from different cultures and Christian traditions.


16.  Provision for a variety of teaching/learning experiences in a variety of settings-throughout the week and throughout the year.


17.  Timely teaching of individuals, a word according to need.


18.  Ongoing training for those engaged in teaching ministries at any and all levels.


19.  Discipline as needed, biblically practiced, including correction of false teaching.


20.  Reading groups and other kinds of discussion groups.


21.  Development of a resource center of Christian Formation materials available for parents, teachers, and all members.


22.  Nurturing within all members a teachable spirit; challenging each one to continual growth and progress.


23.  Ongoing evaluation of all teaching/learning activities, with particular attention to whether or not life transformation is occurring in individuals, groups and the entire church body.


24.  Training in the area of relationships; for example, marriage and family education.


25.  Intergenerational and coordinated learning experiences.

All Lessons
  • Seven questions that provide a framework for choosing and implementing curriculum.

  • Our misconceptions about Christian education can cause us to choose poor or inaccurate content and use ineffctive strategies.

  • The three essential tasks of the Church are worship, outreach and teaching.

  • Christian formation focuses on the process of becoming more like Christ.

  • Instructions for spiritual education from passages in the Old Testament and New Testament.

  • History of Christian education from the early church to modern Sunday school.

  • The Heidelberg Catechism provides essential elements for a Christian education curriculum.

  • The Torah contains the essence of what God wants us to know. Jesus clarifies and exemplifies the Torah.

  • A CORE curriculum should be Comprehensive, Orthodox, Reforming and focused on Essentials. Delivery systems may include bible studies, small groups, Sunday school and sermons.

  • The Ten Commandments are the basis for Old Testament Law and the core teaching of the New Testament.

  • Tailoring curriculum by taking into peoples' physical and spiritual developmental stages can make teaching more effective.

  • Tailoring curriculum by taking into peoples' physical and spiritual developmental stages can make teaching more effective.

  • A key element for effective education to take place is for teachers to know their students relationally.

  • Effective teachers know their audience and avoid attitudes and expressions that would create obstacles to communication.

  • Asking the right questions about the curriculum and the audience can help you identify what information to emphasize and how to present it effectively.

  • How you define teaching determines content and strategy.

  • Effective teaching engages the whole person.

  • When preparing curriculum, an effective teacher will take into account both the content and the audience.

  • Many people fill the role of teacher in your life at different times and in various ways.

  • Christian education involves recruiting, training, modeling, organizing and supporting people who volunteer to teach.

  • Being trained in skills for conflict resolution helps you to have realistic expectations and gives you the tools you need to effectively resolve situations as they arise.

These lectures were given at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary during the summer of 2000 and the spring of 2001. There are 21 separate lectures totaling about 13 hours.