Difficult Conversations: Tools for Facing & Resolving Conflict

When: May 13th | 7PM

Where: Bethel Church (1325 Valencia St)

While pursuing authentic community with one another, we’re bound to encounter conflict, tension, division, and emotional pain. And in the culture around us, we often see these things trigger heated arguments, divisive language, broken relationships, and choosing of sides. But as followers of Jesus, we need not lose heart — there is hope!

As the people of God, we are empowered by the Spirit to be peacemakers, facing and resolving conflict with one another in love. To live into that calling, we need the right tools, mindset, and heart posture to have difficult conversations well. So on Monday, May 13th, we will learn from Michael Zacharia* — an executive coach, professor, former lawyer, and expert in conflict resolution — about a framework for having difficult conversations and serving as ministers of reconciliation.

Adapting material from the bestselling book Difficult Conversations, Michael will teach on all the elements that are essential to any difficult conversation. If you want to learn a time-tested framework for facing and resolving conflict well (while also becoming a better listener), we encourage you to attend this lecture.  Books will be available for sale at the event.


Lecture Details:
– Monday, May 13, 2019
– 7PM (Doors open at 6:30) Please arrive early, we will start promptly at 7PM
– Bethel Church (1325 Valencia St): Enter on either Valencia or 24th
–  Street parking only; we encourage you to take public transport or ride share- While we will not offer childcare at this event, we are offering parents a 50% babysitting reimbursement. To be emailed this form, please provide your name and email address here.


How to Prepare:

This will be a workshop-style lecture.  Limited printed handouts will be available.  You can also download a copy of an online version here.  Please bring something to write with and your bible!  Prior to coming, please take a moment to identify three conflicts in your life right now (personal or professional) that you can use to work through the material.  Also, read and meditate on: Matthew 5:23-24; Matthew 7:1-5; and Romans 12:18.


* About Michael Zacharia
A former lawyer, State Department official, and corporate executive, Michael Zacharia currently works as an executive coach and consultant to top executives in Fortune 150 companies as well as prominent non-profits and institutions of higher education. He also conducts private mediations and teaches cross-cultural negotiations and dispute resolution as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. Additionally, Michael serves as Co-Director of the Pacis Project on Faith Based Diplomacy, which is a joint venture between Pepperdine University and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Michael Zacharia.