It’s been a busy couple of months with our Restorative Practice Services program here at Shalem. Here are some highlights of our recent work.
Centre for Workplace Engagement
We are proud to announce that we have launched the website for our Centre for Workplace Engagement (CWE).
Applying Restorative principles and practices, the Centre for Workplace Engagement’s focus is conflict resolution, employee engagement, staff relationship improvement and enhanced productivity through reduced negative influences in the workplace.
Research shows that engaged employees are happier and significantly more productive. CWE uses proven restorative principles for improving workplace culture and strengthening employee engagement. CWE’s services strengthen human relationships, improve productivity and help bring success.
Do you think you might need CWE’s services? Know of someone else who might be interested in CWE’s services? Contact us to find out how we can help.
FaithCARE – Faith Communities Affirming Restorative Experiences
Mark Vander Vennen and Anne Martin have recently offered two successful FaithCARE trainings. The first training, held in Ajax, ON, in April, was co-sponsored by the Eastern Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Twenty-six participants from six denominations took part. It was such a delight to work with women and men from different denominational backgrounds who came to the training with the same goal in mind: to build healthier congregations, strengthening relationships through intentional and explicit practices.
Eastern District superintendent Dr. Rev. John Healey provided excellent support for the event. He was so encouraged by what he and others from his denomination experienced that we’ve already set a second training date for 2016.
Mark and Anne offered the same FaithCARE training at the CRC denominational office in Grand Rapids, MI. Again we had an excellent experience with a terrific group of participants.
Interested in taking part in upcoming trainings? Would you like to arrange training for your congregation, Classis, or region? We can help you set something up.
As part of our FaithCARE training we offer our participants follow-up coaching. Training is essential to understand the basics of restorative practice but for the training to be effective it needs to be put into practice. The coaching component of our training encourages trainees to choose an aspect of congregational life to which they’d like to apply a restorative process. We coach them through the process. The process could involve a variety of issues, such as addressing an outstanding conflict between congregational members, engaging the congregation in discussions about an issue that affects everyone or perhaps considering ways in which to evaluate ministry programs.
Whatever trainees decide to do, the focus is on building and strengthening congregational relationships.
Other Restorative Practice Services
We continue to offer Restorative services to churches, schools, camps, organizations and families who have experienced significant conflict or harm in relationships.
Whether you’re interested in restorative services for a school, workplace, congregation, a community group, or your family, or if you just want to know more about Restorative Practice in general, we’d love to hear from you.