Given that the Christian Church is both a community of grace whose purpose is reconciliation, and a bunch of sinners stumbling along after Jesus, conflict is a natural part of the life of any congregation.
At Crossroads United Church, it is the responsibility of the Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee (delegated by the Policy Board, to whom the M&P is accountable) to ensure that the congregation has a conflict resolution process. That process is attached below, for the review of congregational members, adherents, and staff.
Crossroads United Church strives to create and maintain a healthy culture where respectful conduct, effective communication and assertive behaviours create a productive, harmonious environment in which the purpose of the church is carried out.
We have a conflict resolution policy at Crossroads that guides our efforts at reconciliation when we are in conflict. If you would like to take a look at it, to adapt for your own congregation, please click on the link below.
Conflict Resolution Process May 2021.pdf
The United Church of Canada believes that all people are created in God’s image and all people deserve the same human rights and freedoms.
The United Church of Canada’s policies, practices, and procedures embody our beliefs while creating a work environment of mutual respect, care, protection, and empowerment that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and violence.
The following policy, from the Denomination, but applying to all communities of faith including Crossroads United Church, outlines the commitment of the United Church of Canada to providing safe environments for work, worship and study that are free from discrimination, harassment, and violence.
The policy is on the first page, followed by several pages of definitions of terms, followed by procedures to follow in various cases, and in various environments of the church. It is posted here as a resource.