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Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Class: Conflict Transformation – Oct 2020

october, 2020

02oct(oct 2)4:00 PM30(oct 30)6:00 PMLay Servant Ministries Advanced Class: Conflict Transformation - Oct 20204:00 PM - 6:00 PM (30) HST

Event Details

Fridays, October 2 – October 30, 2020 (4 PM – 6 PM Hawaii; 7 PM – 9 PM California)

Location: Zoom


Cost: Free if you RSVP, but you must provide your own book (see below). Please note the class size will max at 30 persons and registration will close if that number is reached.

Classes are open to participants from all districts. This class is sponsored by Hawaii District Lay Servant Ministries.


About the Class:

  • Attendance is required at all sessions for credit. All those seeking certification or re-certification as Certified Lay Servants are invited to attend. If you have taken the Basic Lay Servant Class within the last three years taking this advanced class will qualify you as a Certified Lay Servant.  If you want to continue on to being a Certified Lay SPEAKER, you will need to take the following advanced classes: Preaching, Leading or Planning Worship, Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, Leading Prayer, United Methodist Heritage or History and United Methodist Polity.
  • Technical requirements: To participate in Zoom meetings, participants must have a reliable Internet connection, and a laptop, tablet, or smartphone device that can download and install the Zoom app. A web or phone camera and a microphone are highly recommended, although some users may call in via phone if a mic is not available.
  • Advanced Class – Conflict Transformation: Leader is Winnie Ching, Hawaii District Lay Servant Ministries Director (808.692.6638; In this course, we will explore different ways of constructively resolving conflict. We all have conflict in varying degrees in our lives, whether at home, with family, at work, or in social settings. The church is no different in this regard: there are conflicts among members, within committees, and sometimes with the pastor. We all can work toward becoming more aware of ways these conflicts can be resolved and grow through the experience. Through this course, we pray that we may all be blessed as peacemakers.
  • Learning Goals: At the end of this class you will be able to
    • better understand the meaning of the term “conflict transformation”;
    • differentiate between conflict management (mandate) and conflict resolution (cooperation);
    • refine your listening skills in the hope that your knowledge and talents as leaders in the church will be increased;
    • develop new methods of looking at conflict (understanding that there may be no right or wrong viewpoint, but differing opinions that render us unable to see beyond personal opinion); and
    • more fully understand and implement the message of Matthew 18:19-20 in daily life.
  • Book and Pre-Assignment: Order The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation by Thomas Porter from UpperRoom, Cokesbury or Amazon. Read chapters 1 and 2 before the first session.


For questions, contact Winnie Ching, Hawaii District Lay Servant Ministries Director (808.692.6638; You will receive the Zoom login information after you RSVP from Winnie Ching.


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