Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
February 5, 2016
- Religion News: Conflict and burnout among top reasons pastors quit – A recent survey by Lifeway Research found that conflict in the church is one of the major reasons pastors quit the ministry. Many pastors stressed that their seminary education did not adequately prepare them for knowing how to handle conflict or give them the skills needed for the “people side of ministry.”
“Many seminary programs don’t even require courses on the people side — they’re focused on theology, biblical languages, and preaching, which are important, but almost half of the pastors felt unprepared for dealing with the people they were preparing in seminary to lead and serve,” Stetzer said in a press release.
- Congregational Consulting: The Truth about Consensus – Susan Beaumont goes into detail about what consensus is and isn’t and shows how decision-making is hindered when people confuse consensus with unanimity.
Consensus is not mere acquiescence. It is a healthy and cooperative form of dialogue that invites truth-telling, authentic listening and accountability. It invites group members to move into the future, passionately committed to the decisions they have made
- Edudeo Ministries: Teaching Peace with Restorative Practice – Violence, bullying and cliques are signs of relationships gone bad. Bad relationships create toxic places of learning. Restorative Practice can help students repair relationships – and create healthy school cultures. Voiced by learning leaders, Diane Stronks (Edifide) and Ann Martin (Shalem Mental Healthy Network).
- Congregational Consulting Group: Chaos Theory and Congregational Life – David Brubaker argues that many congregational leaders are leading with a “Newtonian” worldview that does not take into account the chaos and complexity that affects systems. By practicing adaptive leadership, leaders will be better positioned to help their congregations thrive into the future.
In congregational life, effective leaders will continue to “lead strategically” and will not abandon strategic planning as an opportunity to revisit Mission, Vision and Values and to think creatively about core priorities. But many will also adopt the core leadership principle implicit in chaos and complexity theories—that in the midst of rapidly changing environments the most appropriate leadership modality is “adaptive leadership.”
- EMU – CJP partners with Kellogg Foundation’s new national initiative on truth, racial healing and transformation – Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding has been invited to join the Kellogg Foundation’s national initiative for truth, racial healing and transformation.
“Kellogg is looking at the big picture and has found some significant partners to aid in their goal of long-term systemic change. They’re also looking to engage with much of the ongoing truth and healing work that is going on already around the country,” said Byler.
- The Big Book of Restorative Justice – You may be familiar with the series of “little books” on justice and peacebuilding. Now, there’s a big book that combines four of the little books related to restorative justice in one affordable volume – The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing, The Little Book of Family Group Conferences, and The Little Book of Circle Processes.
Restorative justice, with its emphasis on identifying the justice needs of everyone involved in a crime, is a worldwide movement of growing influence that is helping victims and communities heal while holding criminals accountable for their actions. This is not a soft-on-crime, feel-good philosophy, but rather a concrete effort to bring justice and healing to everyone involved in a crime. Circle processes draw from the Native American tradition of gathering in a circle to solve problems as a community. Peacemaking circles are used in neighborhoods, in schools, in the workplace, and in social services to support victims of all kinds, resolve behavior problems, and create positive climates.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- Mediation Skills Training for Church Leaders – Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, March 7-11, 2016 in Dallas, TX; May 9-13, 2016 in Toledo, Ohio; August 1-5, 2016 near Chicago, IL. Click here for more information.
- June 14 – 17, 2016 – Restorative Justice in Motion: Building a Movement – Eastern Mennonite University’s Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice in Harrisonburg, VA. Convening a space to discuss our collective roles in the restorative justice movement’s gathering momentum.
- April 19-21, 2016 – FaithCARE training: Learning How to Grow Restorative Congregations; Ajax, Ontario.
- June 6-11, 2016 – Duke Summer Institute for Reconciliation – Seeking Justice Through Reconciliation, Durham, NC