Congregational Covenant Team
Conflict is part and parcel of every community; families, social organizations, worksites, nations, and even churches. Real peace is not the absence of conflict. Rather, it is that state where conflict is managed effectively and respectfully. Manage conflict or it will manage you. The purpose of the Congregational Covenant Team (CCT) is to assist in conflict mediation in a caring environment respectful of the interests of all parties. This mission is met through efforts at reconciliation, training in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution, fact-finding, and, when necessary, through church adjudication.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the purpose of the Congregational Covenant Team?
A: The purpose of the CCT is to assist in conflict mediation within the congregation in a caring environment respectful of the interests of all parties.
Q: How does the CCT provide such assistance?
A: Through efforts at reconciliation, training in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution, fact-finding, and, when necessary, through church adjudication.
Q: Who can request assistance from the CCT?
A: The Congregational Covenant Team may be accessed by:
- A congregant, feeling him/herself to be in conflict with another member, staff person, or the Minister may consult the CCT for assistance;
- Any congregant who may have personally observed a conflict in need of assistance; or
- The Board of Trustees, Committee on Ministry, Minister, or any staff person who has knowledge of an unresolved or escalating conflict.
A: Any congregant who approaches a CCT member will be made aware that the CCT works as a team (similar to any other church committee). As such, confidentiality is not assured in the one-to-one contact situation. The congregant can be assured that all information will be treated with care and respect by the CCT members, with only the pertinent information being disclosed to the Minister.