There are occasions when relationships get strained and conflict escalates despite people’s best intentions. Communication in these situations gets tense, and things can easily be misunderstood, or misinterpreted. Hurts multiply and work, life, church, ministry and mission all suffer as a result.
In these situations interpersonal mediation provides the opportunity to have the conversations you need to have. These are structured, controlled and helpful conversations where the mediators hold the space, enabling you to talk, and hopefully resolve your issues. As a Christian mediation, this is in the spirit of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18, walking towards those with whom we disagree in order to find positive, and loving ways forward.
I am experienced mediator of nearly 20 years working in a variety of contexts and situations. For 19 years I have mediated community and neighbour disputes, working with Smile Mediation in Lancashire, specialising in reconciling family relationships. Alongside that, I work with churches, and Christians experiencing conflict within churches, to address and resolve their differences. I am an experienced practitioner in Gilmore Fraleigh Style Profiling, and use Bowen Family System Theory to help in conflict management coaching. My initial training was through Bridge Builders Ministries (2000), in Interpersonal Mediation, which has been added to through comprehensive training with Mediation Northern Ireland. I am a member of the College of Mediators, and a qualified Supervisor for Mediators.
If you think that mediation may be of help to you in the situation you are experiencing. at home, work or within the church community, please do email me and I will get in touch for a chat to see if this service could be of help to you.