Training in Positive Working Together

The following learning and development opportunities have been developed in partnership with Place For Hope.

Growing Through Change and Conflict (previously Growing Through Conflict)

The Growing Through Change and Conflict programme aims to offer support and training to leaders in churches as they try to recognise and respond to conflict.

It is intended to be a ‘foundation’ day by the end of which participants will:

  1. understand how conflict works, in ourselves, our churches and faith communities; and
  2. raise awareness of and experience simple tools to transform conflict.

For information on when and where the courses are being run can be found on the learning and development events calendar:


Bullying and Harassment

This one day programme promotes good working relationships and ways to manage bullying within the life of our churches and faith communities. It enables those who participate in the training to consider the dynamics that lead to bullying and harassing behaviour and equips participants with basic skills to become more confident when dealing with people who display such behaviour.

The course builds upon the learning covered by the one-day ‘Growing Through Change and Conflict’ course material.

For information on when and where the courses are being run can be found on the learning and development events calendar:



Faith in Change and Conflict – Cliff Certificate 

Offered in partnership with Place for Hope and Cliff College.

We know conflict is part of life and can be both creative and destructive. We notice that many people – including those in faith communities – can struggle to find helpful ways to respond to change, transition, tension and difference. Some structures, cultures, systems and habits can make it difficult for people to hear each other well and relationships may break down. We also know that there is much transformational potential in conflict.

Accepting these realities, and wanting to offer a positive response, Cliff College is delighted to be running this new Short Course Certificate in ‘Faith in Change and Conflict’ in partnership with Place for Hope under the leadership of Abdul Rahim along with others from Place for Hope, staff and practitioners.

Knowing there is help and support available can be a great source of hope for those experiencing difficulties and divisions within their congregations and communities, and Place for Hope have a proven record in helping individuals and faith communities find both support and ways through the difficulties. Find out more about the Certificate course on the Cliff College website:

Faith in Change and Conflict course information


Dates 2020

We're excited to share Positive Working Together programme dates for 2020:

1) Spirituality, Scripture and Conflict 2-day Train the Trainers Residential. Tuesday 31st March - Wednesday 1st April 2020. Cliff College. The timetable for this residential can be found here

2) Bullying and Harassment 2-day Train the Trainers Residential. Tuesday 29th September - Wednesday 30th September 2020. Cliff College.

The costs for these gatherings are covered by the Learning Network, except for the travel costs, which hopefully can be covered by Church/Circuit/District.

Please note:

i) Both residential programmes will start at 10:15 on Day One, finishing at 15:00 on Day Two.

ii) To register for either of the two residentials, please contact Abdul Rahim directly by email and he will add your name to the list.

iii) A summary timetable for both residentials will be made available in the new year on the Positive Working Together section of the Methodist website. Respective timetables will also be sent out to registered participants nearer the date of each training.

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