Vision & Mission
Transforming relationships with the power of the Gospel.
Equipping and assisting Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblicaly.
At Peacemaker Ministries, our passion is for “Transforming Relationships with the Power of the Gospel.” We accomplish this through our mission, which is to equip and assist Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically. In a more expanded version, our mission is to equip and assist Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically by developing and delivering outstanding, life-changing resources, training, and services to a multitude of receptive churches throughout the world. We prepare church leaders, adults, and children for peacemaking through educational resources, seminars, and training. We also provide conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration services to resolve church and ministry disputes, lawsuits, family divisions, and business conflicts.
Statement of Faith
(1) that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the only inspired, infallible, inerrant and authoritative written Word of God;
(2) that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
(3) in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, his bodily resurrection, his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and his personal return in power and glory;
(4) that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary;
(5) that a person is justified by grace alone, through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone;
(6) in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;
(7) in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost — those who are saved, unto the resurrection of life, and those who are lost, unto the resurrection of damnation;
(8) in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and his church.
The ministry of Christian conciliation started in the 1970’s when a group of Christian attorneys in Los Angeles were studying Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, where in Chapter 6, Paul exhorts Christians to resolve their disputes within the church rather than in civil courts. Knowing that there was no Christian alternative to the civil courts, they realized that God was calling them to develop such a process. And so the concept of Christian conciliation was born.
These attorneys were members of the Christian Legal Society (CLS), a national organization dedicated to helping Christian attorneys, judges, and law students integrate their faith in Jesus Christ with their practice of law. The CLS embraced the concept of Christian conciliation, and helped CLS member Laurence Eck launch the first Christian Conciliation Service (CCS) in 1980. Soon after that, Laury Eck and Lynn Buzzard co-authored the first book on Christian conciliation, Tell It to the Church.
The theme of CLS’ 1982 annual conference was Christian conciliation, spawning CCS ministries all over the country, including a CCS started by Ken Sande in Billings, Montana. By 1987 there were over twenty CCS’s, which separated themselves from CLS that year and formed the Association of Christian Conciliation Services (ACCS). In 1991, Ken Sande published The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Baker Books), a biblically-based process for inter-personal conflict resolution, further spreading the word about the church’s role in resolving conflict. In 1993 the ACCS board of directors decided to merge the national association into Ken Sande’s ministry, then called “Institute for Christian Conciliation.” Three years later the ministry changed its name to Peacemaker Ministries.
Peacemaker Ministries flourished under Ken Sande’s leadership, developing resources, training hundreds of Christians in conflict coaching and mediation, and assisting countless people to respond to conflict biblically, both in the U.S. and around the world. In 2012, Ken Sande stepped down from leadership, and Peacemaker Ministries gained a new CEO, Dale Pyne. He moved the headquarters to Colorado Springs, where the ministry continues to encourage and equip Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically.