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Conflict Transformation

Are you experiencing conflict now? Please contact:

   Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall at 866.355.0922 or 425.985.3787 cell     
   Executive Presbyter of NPS Presbytery
   Email Corey

   Rev. Jim Christensen at 360.240.9383
   Coordinator of Conflict Response of NPS Presbytery
   Position Description 
   Email Jim

Reference materials:
Conflict Task Force Report 
Conflict Transformation Handbook (draft) 

After reading/reviewing the Conflict Transformation Handbook in draft form, please give us your feedback on the Handbook. Click here for the brief survey.

Quick Guide to Conflict Responses for Pastors and Sessions
As you encounter congregational conflict, ask yourself the following questions:
A.  (For Pastors) Is this conflict affecting my ministry?
B.  (For Pastors or Sessions) Is this conflict affecting the work of the session or its committees, or the programs and activities of the church?
C.  Is this conflict at a level that requires an active response by the pastor or by the session?
D.  Are the issues in this conflict framed in terms of personal characteristics of leaders and/or others, or by the use of sarcasm, put-downs, etc.?
E.  Are those who are dissatisfied either withdrawing from dialogue, forming into groups of allies, or subverting formal processes?
F.   Is there misuse of the church newsletter or membership list to promote a specific agenda?
G.   Is there unusual absenteeism from official meetings or duties?

A "yes" to one or more of these questions is a strong signal that the Presbytery should be contacted.

How to get help with conflict from the Presbytery Pastors or elders may take any of the following steps:

Call or email
Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall, Executive Presbyter 866.355.0922 or 425.985.3787 cell
Email Corey

Contact the Committee on Ministry Liaison
(Call the Presbytery office at 866.355.0922 for the name.)

Contact the moderator of the Committee on Ministry
(Refer to the Presbytery Directory)

Call or Email
Rev. Dean Strong, Stated Clerk 866.355.0922 or 425.210.9887 cell
Email Dean

Call the Presbytery Office and leave word that you need help with a conflict, 866.355.0922

The Presbytery will respond with a call and/or visit aimed at understanding the conflict.

The Presbytery will work with the pastor and session to develop and carry out a plan of action.

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