Reconciliation and Mediation Team Pilot Project
Living well with difference: Reconciliation and Mediation Team Pilot Project
Our churches and faith communities are experiencing times of tension, disagreement and conflict. Launching in June 2021, the reconciliation and mediation team can offer you practical support in times of change or challenge to help you live well with difference.
What is it?
- This pilot project is being run in partnership with Place for Hope from 2020-2023
- It offers the support from a team of accredited practitioners, who have experience of mediation and the Methodist Connexion, in times of disagreement and conflict
- It is independent of the Connexional Complaints and Discipline process and can be used whether an informal complaint has been made or not.
Who is it for?
- The pilot is taking place in 3 Learning Network Regions: Eastern, London, and North West and Mann.*
- Anyone in leadership in the Methodist Connexion in the three pilot regions can ask for support by getting in touch with Place for Hope here e.g., a Circuit Stewart, Circuit Superintendent, Presbyter, Deacon, District Chair
- It is fully funded and there will be no cost to your congregation, Circuit or District
- Find out about other practicalities here
What is it for?
- Any disagreement or conflict in your community between individuals or groups of people
- To support your church group to have a difficult conversation
- To resource a District Reconciliation Group or Local Complaints Officer during the informal complaints section of the Standing Orders
- Find out more in the facilitated conversations and help in a crisis here
I’m in a different region, can I still get help?
Place for Hope offers the same support across the Connexion. There will be a fee for groups outside of the 3 pilot regions. Find out more here.
You can contact Place for Hope by:
‘My hope is that this project will enable us to discover new opportunities for positive working together as we seek to enable our church communities and the communities we serve to be places where people can truly flourish in all their diversity.’ Richard Armiger, Director of Regional Learning and Development
*You can see on the Methodist Church Advanced Map which region you are in.