Topic: The Peacemaking Church
Pastors, churches, and Christian organizations have a far too low of a standard of healthy conflict resolution. Too often, the goal of conflict resolution sounds something like this: “I hope that at the end of it all, if people end up leaving they will hopefully not take too many others with them.” If our goal sounds something like that, then it is much too weak. Do we view gossip as dangerous as child abuse in the church? Do you fight for unity? Do we simply not want to feel awkward in public with people who have left the church, or do we want more? The goal of conflict resolution should be nothing short of cherishing and living out what Christ purchased, which is the church’s unity lived out in peace. Only the death of Jesus can break the chains of conflict. We get mad and sad when people leave the church due to conflict, but we don’t know what to do about it. We don’t have processes in place to deal with disagreements that turn sinful. Our March Tucson Surge Lunch will address a biblical framework for how we should view conflict in the church and offer an overview of what healthy mediation can look like. We invite all pastors, church elders, deacons, and ministry leaders to attend this important Surge lunch.
Pastor Mark Lauterbach has over 37 years of pastoral ministry experience, 27 of those years as a Senior Pastor. He has lived through painful church splits and major divisions. As a trained mediator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation (& Peacemaker Ministries), Pastor Mark has been able to lead people through a peacemaking process as an alternative to painful and costly litigation, but also as an alternative to secular approaches that omit the spiritual dimension. Pastor Mark lives in Tucson with his wife, Rondi, and serves as Assistant Pastor to Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCA).
Please RSVP by March 9th