Dr. Everton A. Ennis, Founder & Principal of Conflict Ministry Consulting Service, is an ordained pastor of more than 17 years experience. His pastoral experience taught him early in ministry, in fact, on the first day of his first pastoral assignment, that he was not adequately trained for the rigors of congregational conflict. On his very first day on the job as a pastor, he was disrespected by a church elder, and for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with him! The elder took out his frustration with leadership at headquarters on the new, eager, unsuspecting pastor.
That was just the beginning of many crude and oftentimes discouraging encounters in pastoral ministry. Within two years, Dr. Ennis fell ill with undetermined causes of several bodily organs malfunctioning. Eventually, a curious medical specialist, who was at his wit's end, inquired of the sick pastor, "what kind of work do you do?" Upon being told that the patient was a pastor, the physician threw both hands into the air above his head and declared, "That's your problem, your problem is stress! I had another patient who's also a pastor, and he presented with the same symptoms, but no clear diagnosis. His issue was stress too."
On that day in September 2004, Dr. Ennis sought God's wisdom through tearful prayers, asking God to teach him how to minister successfully in spite of toxic church members. The particular church had been embroiled in conflict for years, yet every succeeding pastor would somehow be miraculously blamed for the church's years-long follies.
Dr. Ennis went on to study for his Doctor of Ministry degree, in another area of specialty, but God re-directed him to pursue an emphasis in Congregational Conflict Resolution Training. This is the main thrust and expertise of Conflict Ministry Consulting Service -- conflict resolution training for the faith community.
Dr. Ennis is the primary facilitator of our conflict workshops and pastoral and leadership conferences. He is also a licensed General Civil Mediator, and author of "From Holy Hell to Hallelujah Again: Surviving the Consuming Flames of Congregational Conflict" which can be found in our store on this website.
Truth be told, most pastors have not received adequate, professional training in conflict ministry. That being the case, one can readily understand why this vital training is also largely deficient among the elders, the church board, and in the congregation itself.
We offer a variety of training subject areas for pastors, local elders and church officers. We also provide specialized training programs for the entire congregation. Please contact us today about scheduling an event for your church, or attending one of our conferences.