What is included in the training?
The three-hour, interactive virtual training includes:
Who should receive training?
Because this resource must be adapted for each context and because the issues addressed in the course of this discernment can be controversial, we require anyone using this resource to receive training. This includes anyone who will facilitate a listening circle and at least two representatives of a council using this resource for congregational discernment.
What if I’m already trained in Challenging Conversations?
If you are part of the team or the council overseeing the discernment, the training is required. If your only part in this process is facilitating a listening circle, and you have been trained in the Challenging Conversations Toolkit and have experience leading Challenging Conversations listening circles, you are not required (but are still encouraged) to participate in the training.
What does it cost?
Through ministry shares, training is available at a subsidized rate of $35 USD per participant. If the cost of training is an obstacle to your participation, contact [email protected] for further-subsidized rates.
If you have questions about payment or would like to request financial assistance, contact [email protected]
Note also that any group of five or more may request a specific training day and time that works for them. Most such requests can be accommodated. Email [email protected] to inquire about scheduling an unlisted time that works for you.