The Space Between


The Space Between Initiative provides leaders with models, tools, resources, and support for providing leadership around issues and points of view that are dividing our United Methodist Church, local churches, and communities. Currently, there are four training opportunities, along with other resources for leaders – clergy and laity - to learn and grow:
  • The World Café Model - This opportunity is good if your church needs a tool to discuss a divisive issue and is designed to help your congregation or group discuss divisive issues and build bridges in your community.
  • The Colossian Forum - This opportunity is for leaders who seek to be trained to lead a 10-week study that trains church and lay leaders to lead participants through practices that help them engage in divisive cultural conflicts in ways that reflect Christ.
  • Mediation Skills Training through The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center - This opportunity is good for a leader who wants to learn the processes, techniques, and concepts needed for all involved parties to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution to a conflict, and move forward with greater appreciation and respect. 
  • Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset by Arbinger Institute - This opportunity is good for those seeking to learn self-awareness and how to move from a self-focused to an others-focused mindset, learn tools for working in a way that is collaborative, fulfilling, and effective, positively influence others to change address and resolve conflicts. 

Learn more about The Space Between Initiative.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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