Facilitated conversations

Diversity and change are part of every church and community. We accompany groups to encourage more open dialogue on important or potentially difficult subjects.

Types of conversation

We can help facilitate any conversation you want (or need!) to have. For example, is your faith group or congregation:

  • preparing for forthcoming change (e.g. a move, a linkage, a union or merging with another group)?
  • exploring a new approach (e.g. reviewing a specific policy or way of doing things)?
  • experiencing tensions around expectations and roles?
  • challenged by changing patterns of ministry, styles of worship or membership issues?
  • facing a sensitive or contentious matter (e.g. in relation to leadership or theological differences)?
“The opportunity to meet the great mix of folk involved was of real benefit where the sessions and ‘in-between-times’ offered both intensity and space for many conversations and insight.” Peace in our Churches

Primary aim and benefits

Our priority is to help you engage in this dialogue in a way that feels inclusive, healthy and productive. We want groups to be able to have more open and creative conversations where everyone feels included and is heard in a respectful environment. Through these sessions we explore good practice, empowering participants to engage in healthy dialogue. We want people to feel able to discuss topics in ways that strengthen relationships and promote wholeness.

How does it work?

If you would like us to help facilitate a conversation, please get in touch. Working together will typically include the following steps:

  • You make contact by phone or email
  • You will have a telephone conversation with a Place for Hope staff member to discuss your situation and any practicalities (including costs).
  • Place for Hope review how we can help.
  • Place for Hope identify Team members best suited to your needs
  • Our Team members contact you to discuss and agree the aim and scope of work, as well as how we all agree to work together.
  • The work is delivered (this could be a one-off session or a series of conversations)
  • A Place for Hope staff member will invite feedback and evaluation.

If you have any queries about your situation or this process, give us a call or drop us a note. For more information, visit our Practicalities page which includes information on costconfidentiality and how quickly we are able to respond to requests..

 

“Each one of us needs to grow from brokenness to community. In community, we discover that we are bonded together. We can let down the walls that close us up in ourselves and learn to accept those who are different; we can learn to listen to others and to forgive; we can work through conflict. ” — Jean Vanier

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