Helping others apply biblical principles of peacemaking does more than transform their lives—it blesses yours as you glorify God and His Gospel. If you are drawn to support and assist others in resolving conflict, we give you the tools and training you need.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” –Matthew 5:9 NIV
Arguments, disagreements, disputes—whatever you want to call it, conflict is an unfortunate part of life. What is even more unfortunate, however, is when we allow those conflicts to overwhelm our relationships with our family, friends, co-workers and the people with whom we worship.
Peacemaker Ministries is committed to helping people heal, strengthen and transform relationships affected by conflict through the power of the Gospel. Together as Christians, we follow in the Lord’s footsteps as we walk the path of becoming a peacemaker.
The Path of a Peacemaker
Once we become aware a conflict exists, we need to acknowledge it as well as its ability to damage the trust in the affected relationship. We also need to be able to articulate our perspective on the issue or issues at the heart of the conflict. Our path to achieving a peaceful relationship and becoming a peacemaker can then begin.
Step One: Ascend
We look up to God, remembering His grace and kindness toward us and His desires for us when it comes to dealing with conflict. We continually seek to honor and follow Him as we work to resolve that conflict and become a peacemaker.
Step Two: Reflect
With sincere humility, we admit we may have missed something. We also consider and acknowledge the impact of our words andactions on the other person or people involved in the conflict. We make the deliberate decision to forgive the person or people with whom we are having that conflict, even if they created significant losses and grief in our live.
Step Three: Connect
We listen to the perspective of the other person and demonstrate understanding and compassion (without necessarily agreeing with him or her). We also seek ways to repair any damage to trust that may have occurred in this conflict through confession and acknowledgment. Working together, we propose and discuss potential solutions to the conflicts we have identified which take into consideration what’s important to everyone involved.
To learn more about the path to becoming a peacemaker or to begin to better walk the path in your own life, visit our online bookstore. The Peacemaker Ministries library is also an excellent resource for articles and information about conflict resolution for Christians.
PATH OF A PEACEMAKER SEMINAR
Scripture clearly states Christians are to be known by their love (John 13:35) and peace (Romans 12:18). Sadly, however, most of us do not know how to respond biblically to tensions in our lives. What is your first reaction in a tense situation – between you and your spouse – an issue with your child’s teacher – your neighbor? Where should you start? How do I get the log out of my own eye? What should our relationships look like after we forgive? The Path of a Peacemaker Seminar is interactive. Learn, role-play and apply the basic biblical peacemaking skills when a situation arises.
Call us at 719-358-4900 for details on how to schedule a seminar for your church, business, or organization.