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Conflict to Collaboration

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Rob Voyle

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Transforming Conflict Management into Compassionate Collaboration:

Do You Need To:

  • Stop fighting and begin collaborating?
  • Move beyond ideas of conflict management?
  • Learn the power of forgiveness and reconciliation?
  • Respond appreciatively to congregational resistance and conflict?
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The problem in the world is not that there is too much conflict.
The problem is that there is too little collaboration
for the benefit for all of humanity.

See Article: From Collaboration to Conflict

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Collaboration Training Programs

In this 2.5 day training participants will learn:

  • Learn appreciative strategies to grow places of collaboration in the midst of conflict.
    Participants will learn to use the Coaching Spiral to find places of agreement and collaboration.
  • To use the three energies of compassion, tenderness, fierceness, and mischievousness to transform conflicted situations.
  • How to remain self-differentiated, compassionate, and resourceful in the midst of conflict.

Rather than teaching you about conflict,
this program will teach you how to
stay personally grounded and professionally equipped
to lead people from conflict to collaboration.

The Folly of Managing Conflict

Because it is impossible to work effectively to reduce the presence of an undesired or negative situation, conflict management makes little sense. While some conflict is inevitable in confronting injustice and inequality, most church conflicts are unnecessary and often painful distractions from the tasks of proclaiming the Gospel. At its best, managing conflict is a temporary way station but it will not lead to lasting, sustainable, transformation.

Many of the appreciative strategies we teach are designed to create collaborative transformational change which minimizes the potential for conflict. However as consultants we are continually asked to create appreciative responses for people who are already in conflict and this program is designed to appreciatively resource people in the midst of conflict.

We are also committed to living compassionately as agents of transformation. In this training we will use the three-fold understanding of compassion consisting of tenderness, fierceness, and mischievousness to develop unique compassionate responses to ourselves and others as we transform conflict into collaboration.

Jesus did not entrust us with a ministry of conflict management
He entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation


This program is built on the core understanding of Appreciative Inquiry and is open to Clergy and Laity who have completed the Clergy Leadership Institute Appreciative Inquiry training.

Who Should Attend This Program

  • Clergy and Church Leaders.
  • Clergy engaged in transitional ministry.
  • Psychologists, Consultants and Counselors
    who work with clergy and churches in conflict.

Continuing Education Credit

This program qualifies for 15 contact hours of continuing education credit.

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Learning Objectives

  • To provide participants appreciative inquiry based strategies to grow collaboration in the midst of conflict.
  • To provide participants with an incarnational model of identifying and joining in the life-giving core of a system in conflict.
  • To help participants create a robust self-image that is authentic, reflective, reliable, and responsive to others, especially in the midst of conflict.

Workshop Format

The workshop will typically be conducted in a retreat setting with:

    • Didactic presentations
    • Practice and experiential exercises
    • Time for personal reflection and synthesis

    Typical Workshop Schedule:

    The following is a typical workshop schedule. The exact schedule may vary depending on location.

    For each specific program a flyer with dates, schedule times, and continuing education hours can be found on the training schedule page.

    This program usually starts after lunch on the third day of the appreciative inquiry training.

    Day 3:
    1:30-3:15 pm     Session 8
    3:15-3:45 pm     Walking Meditation and Reflection
    3:45-5:30 pm     Session 9

    Day 4:
    9:00-12:00        Session 10
    12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch
    1:30-3:15 pm     Session 11
    3:15-3:45 pm     Walking Meditation and Reflection
    3:45-5:30 pm     Session 12

    Day 5:
    9:00-12:00        Session 13

    Specific times and costs may vary depending on the sponsoring organization.

    Please check the schedule and registration page for additional workshop specific information.

    Costs for 2024

     Tuition Fee    Early Bird 4 weeks before session:
    Within 4 weeks of session:   

    In addition to the above 2.5 day program we occasionally offer a 3 and 4 day programs which includes opportunity for participants to create specific interventions or programs based on appreciative inquiry theory. Prices will depend on the nature of the program.

    Specific times and costs of all programs may vary depending on the hosting organization. Please check the schedule and registration page for additional workshop specific information.


    Accommodation and facility use fees are extra and are dependent on the training locations and will be specified on the registration forms. Meals between sessions are typically provided for commuters.

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    What Participants Say

    "Of all the training I have been to, your notes are the ones I keep coming back to time and again for practical resources."
    P.W. Conference Pastor.

    Rob's training is full of heart, wit, and passion.
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    Rob's educational model brings body, mind and spirit together. I have been challenged intellectually, transformed spiritually, touched emotionally, gathering in communally. He came into my life at just the right time.

    Jean Holmes, Presbyterian Pastor

    After 45 years in the pastoral ministry and attending three events led by Rob Voyle, I have finally learned a better way to help church leaders help themselves and the people they serve.
    John Wilkerson, Director: Church Leadership Coaching & Consulting

    Rob's combination of organizational savvy, teaching skills, theological & spiritual integration, and ability to rapidly build supportive, learning communities is quite simply the best in any of the churches today.
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