The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) provides support for the Bishop, District Superintendents, clergy and congregations of the North Texas Conference in the midst of crisis or conflict. Congregational Assessment, Response and Transformation (CART) Teams are equipped to assist District Superintendents, clergy and congregations move through the difficult work of grief, anger, mistrust, loss and change. The CLD has the responsibility to provide skilled teams of clergy and laity to engage in the work of healing, reconciliation and transformation within congregations.
CART - CRISIS TEAM
The Crisis Team members are gifted in assessing and responding to crisis situations in congregations that may include loss of life or property due to accident or natural disaster, alleged dishonesty or illegal activities, or sexual misconduct by church leadership. Their purpose is:
1. To provide a group of trained laity and clergy who help facilitate healing to all involved—aggrieved, alleged perpetrator, and the congregation. If the crisis has occurred as a result of a betrayal of trust, the experience of other conferences has taught us, that healing of the congregation cannot occur until the matter has been addressed with as many facts shared as is appropriate.
2. To provide informational and educational resources to the laity and clergy of the North Texas Conference by distributing information about Conference policies on sexual misconduct and other breeches of trust by offering training about those policies to the lay leadership within the local churches and to the clergy in the Conference.
3. To provide Resource Persons (lay persons with special training) to the aggrieved and other affected persons to aid them in understanding Conference policies and procedures in an effort to guide them through the process of reporting clergy sexual, financial or other misconduct, thereby offering emotional and spiritual support.
CART - CONFLICT TEAM
The Conflict Team members are gifted in assessing and responding to conflict situations in congregations that may include: a breakdown in communication within the system, discontent with leadership, and unresolved anxiety and tension. The Conflict Team may be deployed at the request of the Bishop, DS or Pastor. A conflict assessment will be provided by a professional mediator at no charge to the congregation. Resources are deployed in clergy/laity teams as needed and according to an agreed upon plan. The purpose of the CART Conflict Team is:
1. To provide a group of trained laity and clergy to help facilitate reconciliation and transformation in the congregation through interpersonal peacemaking strategies.
2. To provide informational and educational resources to the laity and clergy of the North Texas Conference by offering training to equip congregations to effectively handle conflict through effective communication skills, resolving interpersonal disagreements and acquiring mediation skills.
For more information regarding the use of CART teams contact Rev. Marti Soper.
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