Masks, vaccines, open vs. closed enrolment, diversity and inclusion, discussions regarding gender and sexual orientation… the list of potential areas of controversy and conflict are endless for those involved in Christian school leadership. The pandemic has only increased our awareness of how easily communities can fracture and splinter if conflicts are not handled with great care and skill. How do we guide a healthy, robust discussion, but still maintain community? How do we as Christians practice loving God and each other while engaging in difficult and potentially divisive conversations? How do we find our way?
Leaders need tools navigating these conflict laden conversations. Edvance is pleased to invite you to participate in two days of WayFinder Leadership Training on conflict transformation, facilitated through The Colossian Forum. WayFinder offers a way forward that is biblical in foundation and practice, while helping each school develop their own specific strategies that will help their school’s missional flourishing.
Training will take place in Cambridge, Ontario on April 4 and 5, 2022. Registration is for school teams of at least 3 people (principal, vice-principals, others on the leadership team, and board members).
Each school team will learn how best to navigate conflicts at the board table, community, and staff table. School teams will walk away with a vision, practices, and systems to cultivate a new culture around conflict at their school. There will also be four 1.5-hour follow-up coaching sessions for participants that will be rolled out from April through November.
This training is designed to help participants work through any kind of conflict that their school may encounter. It is not focused on a specific type of conflict; however, we expect each school team participating will have a specific problem in mind to work through. The training will allow each school team to directly apply what they learn to their specific situation and begin developing a road map for their own community.
The main outcomes for participants through these two days of training will include:
1. Casting a shared vision of conflict as an opportunity for growth and witness.
2. Developing competence for engaging in conflict in ways that demonstrated love of God and neighbour.
3. Developing systems for identifying, repairing, and preventing mismanaged conflicts.
“I feel like our country and our society and world, and even our school environment, is facing a lot of differences. When I've heard that word ‘united’ before it means everyone's coming together, everyone's on the same side, approaching it from the same perspective. But I think the WayFinder training transforms the way that I see that word. United means that we don't all need to be on that same side of perspective, but it's a united approach into the issue that we're facing together as a team or organization.”
- Brianna White, Teacher, West Side Christian School
The two days of training will be hosted at the beautiful Whistle Bear Golf Club, on 1316 Dickie Settlement Road in Cambridge, Ontario. Continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch will be served each day and is included in the price of registration.
This is an event aimed at teams of three, and single registrations are highly discouraged. It takes a team to cast a vision for strategic change in an organization. Your participating team should include at least one board member.
Even if you do not yet know exactly who will attend, we encourage you to register your school now, as space is limited and early bird pricing ends on February 11, 2022.
**PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with current provincial regulations for meeting and event spaces, proof of vaccination is required for all attendees.
Pricing is in Canadian dollars and does not include HST. If you would like to register additional attendees from your school (i.e. more than three), please contact us at email@example.com and we can help.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing by February 4, 2022 will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. After February 4, 2022, no refunds will be issued, however, substitutions will be allowed.
We are grateful to Christian Education Benefit Solutions for their generous sponsorship of this training event!
Christian Education Benefit Solutions (CEB Solutions) provides health and pension products and services, designed specifically by and for the Canadian Christian education community.
Find out more at christianeducationbenefitsolutions.org
"Thank you for providing the scaffolding and inspiration we needed to step into difficult conversations in new ways this year. I deeply admire the work being done by the Colossian Forum. It’s a privilege to have taken a small part in fulfilling your mission to reframe conflict as something that disciples us instead of dividing us."
- Amy Chaney, Director of Communication + Culture, Director of Middle School, Lexington Christian Academy
WayFinder Training Schedule
DAY #1 - Monday, April 4, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM - Session 1: Orientation and Introductions
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM - Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM - Session 2: Conflict as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Witness
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM - Lunch
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM - Applying WayFinder to our Community, Part 1
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM - Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM - Session 3: The Posture of WayFinder
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM - Applying WayFinder to our Community, Part 2
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM - Day 1 Wrap Up
(Evening - Dinner on your own with your team)
DAY #2 - Tuesday, April 5, 2022
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM - Session 4: The Practices of WayFinder: Go Godward, Hold Together, Turn Toward, Get Curious, Go Deep
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM - Break
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM - Session 5: Designing Conversational Spaces for Practicing WayFinders
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM - Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:05 PM - Session 6: Moving Toward Settled Judgment: Deliberating and Making Decisions
2:05 PM – 2:15 PM - Break
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM - Session 7: Developing Systems to Enable WayFinder
3:00 PM – 3:10 PM - Break
3:10 PM – 4:10 PM - Applying WayFinder to our Community, Part 3
4:10 PM – 5:00 PM - Session 8: Closing Session
“In today's highly polarized context, The Colossian Forum provides a way forward that honors and respects people while bringing candor and integrity to hard conversations.”
- Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities