Managing Conflict

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    There is a high probability that when two or three people gather, there is the possibility of conflict. This tends to be a reality in our theological institutions as well. Conflict management, therefore, becomes a crucial competence and spiritual posture for effective leadership.

    But what is the nature of conflict and its causes?  How can tensions be resolved and managed, and are there different ways about going about conflict management?  Does culture have a role in conflict and what does the Bible teach about it?

    In ICETE Academy course is drawn from the popular series of workshops called the ICETE Programme for Academic Leadership (IPAL) that have subsequently been published in a Langham Publisher series Leadership in Theological Education (from which you will be asked to do some reading).  

    Course Outcomes

    This course is primarily designed for leaders in theological institutions with a view to equip them in conflict management. 

    Course content
    • The nature of conflict 
    • The underlying causes of conflict 
    • Resolving tensions between presidents and deans 
    • Managing conflicts in a theological institution
    • Styles of conflict management 
    • Cultural perspectives on conflict management 
    • Biblical perspectives on how to manage conflict 
    • Further reading


    This course is authored by Dr Fritz Deininger and by Dr Steve Hardy as a summary of the IPAL workshops that they have led with many academic deans all over the world. The course also draws on the IPAL book Leadership in Theological Education Vol 1 (eds Fritz Deininger and Orbelina Equizabal (Langham, 2017).

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, produce a case study and pass a short quiz.

    Course enrolment key


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