Summary of Services

 

Types of Services Provided

Peacemaker Ministries meets churches where they are in whatever conflicts they are experiencing. Our onsite assistance ranges from a custom leadership event to a full Church Intervention. Each end of the spectrum of assistance involves telephone conferences in which our church consultant listens to your specific conflict, needs, and hopes. The consultant will then discuss with you ideas for addressing the conflict you face. Through onsite work, a team of trained Certified Christian Conciliators will help identify and clarify key areas the church addresses, wrestles with, and/or confronts related to current conflicts.

Our team also will equip the church to better face future conflicts with the focus on building a Culture of Peace™. Below are brief descriptions of services and assistance Peacemaker Ministries offers:

 

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When your church has conflicts, where can you turn?

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Conciliation

Conciliation entails meeting with parties in conflict and helping them move toward a voluntary resolution/ agreement. The meetings are face-to-face and are facilitated by a trained conciliator or team of conciliators. These meetings usually involve a limited number of people and address one or more specific issues.

Conflict Coaching

This is the process of providing suggestions (initially by telephone) to a pastor, church leader, or member on how to resolve a particular conflict within the church. The coaching includes how to apply biblical principles to the specific conflict.

Consulting

This service usually consists of an opportunity for church leadership to meet with a consultant to assess and explore steps they may take to address conflict and situations likely to result in conflict. The service may involve one or more telephone conferences with the consultant, or may include a weekend visit so that the consultant can meet with the leadership and explore specific needs, as well as provide preliminary coaching and teaching.

Church Intervention

The Intervention process is designed to resolve a conflict that involves a large portion of a congregation and/or leadership. It usually involves a team of conciliators who visit a church for several days, during which time they meet extensively with all of the individuals and groups of people involved in that conflict. An intervention team has no authority to issue binding decisions, but upon request, they can provide a detailed written evaluation and specific recommendations on how to address conflict. Team Member Description

Weekend Event

Peacemaker Ministries will work with your church leadership to plan a weekend event. During the weekend, a church consultant will work to assess the conflicts in your church and begin teaching you biblical principles which can be used immediately to begin addressing and resolving conflicts that exist in your church.

Custom Assistance

There is no ”one size fits all” Church Assistance and Intervention. Each of the above components may be helpful to a conflicted church. Through a consulting conference we will assess how we may best serve your church, and then suggest a customized proposal that includes the most appropriate components.

Team Member Description

When your church engages Peacemaker Ministries to serve you, we will assemble a qualified team that fits your needs. The team may include:

Team Lead

A Certified Christian Conciliator™ who has excellent leadership, teaching, and coaching skills serves as the spokesperson for th

Team Members

Team members will be Certified Christian Conciliators™ or candidates in the certification program. Each will demonstrate excellent Conflict Coaching skills.

Qualifications of Team Members

In addition to the professional background and other education/training, each Church Conflict and Assistance team member is required to be certified by Peacemaker Ministries as a Certified Christian Conciliator™ or to be enrolled in the Certification Program. The requirements and training to earn the designation of Certified Christian Conciliator are as follows: The training program requires approximately 150 hours of individual study and training, which includes:

  • A self-study course in personal peacemaking and peacemaking in the context of the church
  • Self study prerequisites for the conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration training.
  • Completion of approximately 50 hours of live training courses in conflict coaching, a two-day mediation course, and a three day course on advanced mediation and arbitration.
  • Most panel members also have taken live Advanced Training courses on the topics of Resolving Marital Conflict and resolving conflict in an organizational setting
  • Annually attend a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education which include workshops on Christian conciliation
  • All of the live training courses are based upon case studies and involve extensive role-plays, which provide the conciliator with practical experience
  • A minimum of 50 hours in 5 cases of conciliation work under the direction and oversight of a mentor, and an additional 5 cases which are reviewed by their assigned mentor
  • The assigned mentor evaluates and approves the candidate’s completion of the practical experience work and meeting of the Certification requirements
  • Annual reporting and 20 hours of continuing education classes are required for compliance
  • Comply with the Standards of Conduct for Christian Conciliators

More information regarding training and certification If you are interested in taking the conciliation training and/or pursuing certification by Peacemaker Ministries as a Certified Christian Conciliator, visit our Training page.

 

Training Page

Fees and Expenses

The financial costs of conflict assistance will be estimated based upon the services determined, number of days needed to provide the assistance, the number of team members, and associated travel expenses. Resources are provided at a reduced cost for those churches working with Peacemaker Ministries, when possible.