One of the mysteries of faith is that some of the most difficult, painful and damaging conflicts between people take place in church settings. Likely many of us know of congregation-based disputes that have left people hurt and embittered – perhaps even questioning their faith.
Since 2007, IIRP Canada has partnered with Shalem Mental Health Network to provide a service called FaithCARE (Faith Communities Affirming Restorative Experience).
Our multi-denominational team of veteran restorative practices facilitators has collaborated with over 30 churches around Ontario from a variety of denominations. Issues have ranged from low intensity to very high intensity conflict. Congregations have told us “we would not have been able to move from our pain and conflict to where we are now without the support of FaithCARE.” We have also walked alongside other churches as they live out their desire to become restorative culture congregations, where all relationships are done in a restorative way.
IIRP Canada offers 3- or 4-day retreats for faith leaders who wish to learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships in their congregations. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of how a restorative, relational framework and associated explicit practices enhance congregational life. We will consider how this approach sustains a more connected faith community and facilitates healing as needed, enabling congregations to live out their mission and ministry as fully as possible.
For more information about restorative practices and faith communities, call IIRP Canada at 416-571-8429 or email us today.