BRIDGING INTERNATIONAL is a diverse collective of experienced professionals with a common passion for growth and TRANSFORMATION

Founded by Conflict Specialist, Theologian, and Engineer, Stephen F. Staten, Bridging International is rooted in a passion for problem-solving to promote transformative growth for individuals and faith-based organizations.

Our purpose is to promote transformative bridge-building principles through workshops, published material, and services aimed at improving organizational health by bringing resolution to institutional conflicts, achieving individual reconciliation whenever possible, and growing from every challenge.

OUR STORY

The story behind Bridging International involves multiple developments. One aspect was Steve Staten’s career as an engineer and problem-solver. Later, a career as a minister and a keen interest in church history highlighted to Steve the tight relationship between church history and church conflict. During the last decade his conflict resolution activity among churches in the Asia-Pacific, mainland US, and Europe exposed him to the immensity of the needs. Over the last few years Steve has been working alongside other ministers, boards and business leaders on ways to improve collaboration on cherished endeavors.

Another part of Bridging International’s backdrop is Roger Lamb, President of Disciples Today. Twenty-five years ago Steve worked under Roger in conference planning and other unifying efforts. Roger has been a bridge-builder among churches since the seventies, as well as an extraordinary communicator. Over the last decade Steve and Roger have been discussing why some ventures thrive and why some fail. They share a vision of helping churches and important not-for-profits becoming more proactive in learning peacemaking skills, preemptive when their problems are surfacing and well managed when a crisis occurs. When Steve completed his education in Conflict Management and launched his own business (www.stephenfstaten.com) the two of them began making plans for a resource center that would bring experts and specialists from multiple disciplines together.

Bridging International is about bridging: the conflicted church with solutions, the difficult conflict with the conflict specialist, the broken parties with a skilled mediator, and voids in competency with empowering workshops. We are increasingly living in cross-cultural contexts, needing to think globally even when we are stationary. Diverse not-for-profits, congregations and their leaders can talk past each other without knowing it. And if the larger companies and churches intend on growing they will need to communicate, cooperate and collaborate in international, cross-cultural contexts.

The hope of Bridging International is that whether you are part of a church, a not-for-profit or another important company and you seek to operate with Judeo-Christian principles, seek the advantages of organizational health, transform your conflicts into benefits and maximize your resources, we want to help.

Stephen Staten
Founder, Conflict Specialist

Over the last twelve years, Steve Staten has worked with single and multi-site churches of 250 to 6,000 members in the UK, Hawaii, California, Florida, and the Midwest. He consults with risk management and boards of non-for-Profits.

Steve’s early professional life spans nine years in Engineering, where he worked with high energy, sound, radar and computer design. In 1988, Steve and his wife went into ministry full-time, where he acquired over twenty-five years of experience in church leadership, overseeing staff education, pastoring, and managing conflict in a variety of settings. He has a Master’s degree in Theology from Wheaton College (1997) and a Master’s degree from Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management (2013).

Whether it is extreme temperatures, high electrical currents, or intense emotions of human drama, Steve believes it is best to “think in systems” and leverage rather than restrain the valuable energy of a conflict. His wife Tricia is an eager participant of Lipscomb University's ICM certification workshops, and they have begun a new full-time mission to reconnect conflicted groups and individuals by transforming their conflicts into desirable and robust outcomes.

M.A. Conflict Management
Lipscomb University,  2013

M.A. New Testament Theology
Wheaton College,  1997
Thesis on Unity and Diversity

B.A. Electrical Engineering Technology
Northern Illinois University  1981
Specialized in Intel chip series, w/15 hrs of grad courses, 1981-1982


Tricia Staten
Community Conflict Consultant

During and after her twenty-five year career in ministry, Tricia has worked with Steve in consulting for churches of 250 to 6,000 members in the UK, Hawaii, California, Florida, and the Midwest. In addition to her experience in ministry, and as an educator, Tricia has taken a certification course for conflict in church settings at Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management, and stays on top of the field through study.

While Steve brings a researched systems approach to mediation, Tricia brings a complimentary creative education approach. Tricia's unique background in teaching, the arts, and ministry are vividly expressed in the unique communication tools and concepts she develops, including a holistic approach to maturity, called Whole Approach, and community Play Space, a conflict management method.

Conflict Management Course Certification
Lipscomb University, Institute for Conflict Management  2013

B.S. Fine Art Education
Northern Illinois University  1981


ADVISORS

The following advisors assist in setting the priority of funds for consultation projects.

Valdur Koha, Boston

Todd Fink, Chicago

John Mannel, St. Louis

John Lusk, Denver

Scott Kirkpatrick, Columbia, SC

Roger Lamb, Boston