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Pastors from all over the Rocky Mountain Conference participated in a Conflict Prevention and Resolution workshop at the conference office on February 25 with presenter Ron Price from the Pinon Hills Church. A professional mediator and marriage coach, Price also serves on the RMC Executive Committee.
With the goal of providing practical tools for pastors to use in preventing trivial matters from escalating into full-blown conflict, Price showed pastors in attendance how to productively resolve important differences which threaten the health and vitality of relationships in the church.
"One of the hardest things to deal with in pastoral ministry is managing conflict in the church," commented Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director.
Price's presentation helped pastors realize that conflict doesn't always have to be a bad thing, but can be a great learning opportunity if we "seek first to understand, then to be understood." (Stephen Covey).
Pastor Shane Vincent from the Casper, Wyoming District shared that Ron's presentations made him "think about how we respond to difficult relationships. Grace is something that almost requires the slow process of learning from our mistakes. How we engage when the heat is high is what can either bring healing growth or stagnation and denial.”
Pastor Lisa Cardinal, from the Newday Church, learned that "resolving conflict is not about one person giving in or compromising. Resolution needs to be a win for both parties and may take some time. When we're unable to come to agreement, pause and take a break. This allows emotion to calm so that we can get back to our thinking, creative brain and work through the issue."
Price has written two books, PLAY NICE in Your Sandbox at Work and PLAY NICE in Your Sandbox at Home. He is currently working on PLAY NICE in Your Sandbox at Church. For further information about his ministry, feel free to contact him at [email protected].
-- Mickey Mallory, text and photo