How to courageously lead congregations toward unity and peace in the way of Jesus
October 4, 12 & 18

Canada and other developed countries around the world are experiencing unprecedented polarization and division. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed political, ideological, and even religious divisions that are tearing holes in the social fabric of our families, communities, and churches.

Church leaders have not been well equipped to confidently lead through these polarities. Learning to lead through polarization is now an essential skill set to lead and pastor in the post-COVID world.

Imagine having greater confidence, vision, and practical tools to disciple your congregations in Jesus’ way of peacemaking. Your team could be the catalyst in helping the church become known for attitudes and competencies that bring healing and practical tools to your divided communities.

Who's this for?

# Who’s it for?

  • Church leadership teams, staff teams, church boards, and Christian non-profit leadership teams
  • Individual pastoral, ministry, and lay leaders

# When’s it happening?

Three interactive sessions with over 9 hours of foundational skills training
  • Our Common Ground: Create a Common Framework and Vocabulary to Discuss the Division
    October 4 from 12:30 – 4:45 PM ET / 9:30 AM1:45 PM PT
  • In the Image of God: Getting Practical and Developing a Third Way
    October 12 from 12:30 – 4:45 PM ET / 9:30 AM1:45 PM PT
  • Live Zoom Q&A with Dr Samuel Sarpiya
    October 18 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM ET / 9:30 – 11:00 AM PT

What will we explore?

  • The difference between peacemaking and peacekeeping
  • What Jesus taught about how to disagree
  • How to create room for diverse opinions to be shared without canceling each other
  • What role social media is playing in polarization
  • How we can work to identify secular ideologies that polarize us and distract us from Jesus
  • How we can embed the practices and postures of peacemaking into the culture of our churches
  • How having Jesus at the centre can create room for relational unity while holding divergent views and beliefs

# What can you expect?

  • Two shared online sessions designed for teams to engage in a live training experience and a final session to take your training to the next level with live Q&A with Dr. Samuel Sarpiya (*includes access to all the session recordings)
  • Breakout workshop times to practice what you’re learning as a team/​group (individual registrants will be able to join other individuals in breakout rooms during the experience)
  • A return to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount manifesto of peacemaking, highlighting the differences between peacekeeping and active peacemaking
  • Identify and address cultural barriers to peace that are creating polarization in our churches and communities
  • Real-life case studies of how unity, peace, reconciliation, and transformation are possible
  • Tools and inspiration to create a long-term culture of peacemaking in your church or organization and to equip your team with essential practices for skillful leadership for the future of the church

# Contributors

More Coming Soon!

# Two ways to participate

Attend with your team [RECOMMENDED]
  • Purchase a ticket for each team member at the discounted team rate
  • Each team member will receive a link to join all online sessions
Attend as an individual
  • Purchase one individual ticket
  • You’ll get one link to join all online sessions
  • We will provide online breakout rooms for individual leaders to engage with one another in breakout workshops during the event

This experience is designed as a three part series, but all registrants will get access to recordings of each session for their reference or to view later if you or your team members need to miss a session.

# Pricing

Regular Price Deadline – September 152022

Teams of 3 or more

$79 pp Regular Price / $129 pp Last Minute / $60 pp Jesus Collective Partners


$99 Regular Price / $149 Last Minute / $75 Jesus Collective Partners

*All prices are in Canadian Dollars and do not include Eventbrite admin fees (viewable at checkout).

Curious about Jesus Collective Partnership? Learn more here.