We are looking forward to having Kathy Thurston open the Bible and delve into the topic of Making Peace in the Midst of Conflict.
Conflict amongst Christians is difficult and real. It is difficult because it is painful, but also because we feel guilty about having conflict. But conflict is the natural outworking of sin in our world and so, developing a Biblical response to conflict and discovering some tools to enable us to be God’s person in the situations of conflict, is so important!
In this seminar Kathy will be taking us through Ken Sande’s approach to resolving conflict from his book, The Peacemaker, to think about our roles as minister’s wives and how we might apply those principles to the sorts of conflict we experience in our churches and in our relationships at church. We hope that you can join us!
A new stage in Kathy’s life started in 2018 when she and her husband Dave moved to Brisbane from Sydney.
She left behind 3 adult children, legal work, parish ministry and the city of her birth, to work with the Presbyterian Church in Queensland.
She and Dave believe that God has been preparing them for this role which allows them to minister to clergy couples through mentoring, and support them in ministry through resources and church consultancy.
Besides missing family, Kathy’s new life involves lots of things that she enjoys: seeing Australia, meeting new people and especially talking to them about Jesus, and time to read and reflect.
Kathy’s introduction to the topic of conflict was hard but motivating, and took place in their first church plant. Serving on the Presbyterian Church of NSW Church Consultancy Team has been a practical way to get training and experience in resolving church and interpersonal conflict.
More recently she has done training through Creative Conciliation in the US. Kathy recommends Ken Sande’s book The Peacemaker and Peacewise programs in Australia as well as The Family Systems Institute, Sydney and their courses.