Certificate in Faith in Change and Conflict


Cliff College is delighted to be running the short course Certificate in Faith in Change and Conflict in partnership with the Methodist Learning Network and Place for Hope as part of the Positive Working Together initiative. The course will bed led by Abdul Rahim and supported by other Place for Hope staff and practitioners.

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We know conflict is part of life, and can be both creative and destructive. Many people – including those in faith communities – can struggle to find helpful ways to respond to change, transition, tension and difference. Some structures, cultures, systems and habits can make it difficult for people to hear each other well, and relationships may break down. We also know that there is much transformational potential in conflict. Knowing there is help and support available can be a great source of hope for those experiencing difficulties and divisions within their congregations and communities, and Place for Hope have a proven record in helping individuals and faith communities find both support and ways through the difficulties.

Course content

This short course runs over two three-and-a-half-day sessions, and will cover four units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Conflict Transformation and Personal Development

We understand how conflict, change, and transition operate in others and in our churches when we understand how it operates in ourselves. Unit 1 guides us through this journey and introduces us to the course, and to the context in which we will be applying our learning.

Unit 2: Communication and Facilitation Skills

Honing facilitation and communication skills is essential as we lead others through times of change and transition. This unit offers a bedrock of learning for the following units.

Unit 3: Conflict and Mediation Skills

In this unit, we dig deeply into some of the skills needed for transforming conflict, for hosting difficult conversations, and for working together to transform the culture of our churches and communities.

Unit 4: Conflict in the Context of Faith

What are the specific dynamics at play in church contexts when we encounter change and difference? What does the Bible teach us about conflict and change? How do we apply our learning in our own faith context? These are some of the questions explored in this unit.

Timetable structure

The teaching aspect of the short course is delivered via introductory talks, group seminars and workshops with practical as well as theoretical applications. To allow participants opportunity for times of personal reflection and social space amongst the teaching, the timetable is deliberately flexible with some evening work balanced off with afternoon free time to allow a more relaxed pace of learning. The course aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for individual or church-based ministry in the areas of Change and Conflict.

Participants gain a Cliff College certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching sessions. Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony. Students can choose not to do the assessment work by auditing the course.

Place for Hope accompanies and equips people and faith communities so that all might reach their potential to be peacemakers who navigate conflict well.

Place for Hope aims to resource the church and wider faith communities with peacemakers and to accompany groups navigating conflict and difficult conversations in our faith communities.

The core values of Place for Hope include:

  • Courage and compassion – being bold and working with loving kindness.
  • Challenge and trust – unafraid to go to the difficult, uncomfortable places, and going there with care, humanity, and empathy.
  • Inspiration and effectiveness – fostering prophetic and creative voices alongside workable approaches.
  • Integrity and fairness – honouring our differences and diversity and enabling respectful processes.

Find out more about the work of Place for Hope on their website.

I’m thrilled that I did this course. It is so practical and has equipped me to handle change and conflict more effectively and transformationally. I highly recommend this course.

District Pastor

The tools offered were helpful and hopeful.

Well constructed and well paced.

‘We are delighted to again be working in partnership with Place for Hope, who already have a proven record in this area of work and ministry. Learning ways to work through issues of conflict, and become practical peace-makers is relevant on all levels of life (personal, local, national and international), and this course is an important contribution to that learning.'
- Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

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The cost of £525.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Additional nights can be booked at an extra payment for those travelling a distance in readiness for the (mid-morning) Monday start.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.

To apply for this short course, email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call Pete Anderson on 01246 584203.