Glorify God and Getting the Log Out
Instructor: Gary Friesen
These first two pillars of peacemaking theology offer a powerful and relevant foundation for every Christian. We will begin with the gospel, and then look at the ways Scripture connects our relationship to God with our relationship to other people. Through this interactive worship style course you will learn new ways to live “Christianly” in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Jesus Christ.
Personal Peacemaking for Church, Ministry and Organizational Leaders
Instructor: Jeanine Parolini
How do you not only live a legacy of peace as a leader but also bring one to your team or organization? Attend this interactive workshop. Jeanine will challenge your thinking about leadership, organizational life, and culture from a Christian worldview and help you determine how the peacemaking principles interact with each area to instill a legacy of peace. Discussion of the leader’s role model and emotional health, including his or her personal peace versus anxiety or fear, and how it contributes to a legacy of peace will also be part of this workshop.
Instructor: Candy McCune
There are times when conflict is so severe that the marriage is coming to an end, or grown family siblings vow never to interact again, or a workplace is severely impaired by a broken relationship – and only one person, one side of the conflict, is willing to seek help or talk about a resolution. The other refuses to meet, to talk about it, or in any way deal with the problem. Or sometimes, they are just waiting to see and won’t make a commitment to work on the matter. What are the options? What can you do to walk alongside the person who desires to work on the conflict? What brings hope? This topic is relevant to formally trained conciliators as well as the friend and confidant to whom the party turns for advice and guidance in these situations.
Forgiveness: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Instructor: Bruce Zagel
Just what is forgiveness, anyway? What does forgiveness mean in fractured relationships? How can you forgive someone who has hurt you deeply? How can you ask for forgiveness in a way that promotes peace? What about consequences when forgiveness is proclaimed? Forgiveness is a term used commonly in the church and in the biblical peacemaking world, but it is often misunderstood. This workshop will explore what forgiveness is and what forgiveness is not. Participants will have the opportunity to listen and discuss about how to build a legacy of peace by living a life saturated with forgiveness.
The Blessed Peacemaking Counselor
Instructor: Allison Pickering
‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’…. a way of life calling….but how does it play out for a professional counselor? This workshop will help us steward both our counseling and peacemaking hearts and skills. We will take a brief look at the recent advances in ‘conflict resolution’ therapy and the related ethical and theological questions. However, the primary focus of the workshop is on practical ways our peacemaking and counseling can work together in sessions, conflict coaching and conciliations. Discussion, case examples and role play are part of this workshop designed to particularly benefit the professional counselor, but welcoming to any one interested!
Pursuing Reconciliation of Relationships & Resolution of Differences
Instructors: Dennis Reiter & Ron Zabel
In this workshop we will examine the 3rd and 4th G’s of Biblical peacemaking: “Gently Restore” and “Go and Be Reconciled.” To gently restore we should follow Biblical guidelines for respectful one-on-one communication. We will also survey the steps Christians and their churches can take when personal communication fails. We need to understand the two dimensions of Biblical forgiveness and how to complete the process of reconciliation by developing perceptive trust. When differences need to be resolved, we can engage in a process of Biblical negotiation that addresses God’s interests, our interests and the interests of others.
Does This Case Have My Name On It?
Instructor: Anne Bachle Fifer
We peacemakers can be so eager to help that we get ahead of God, jumping in where He has not called us to go. How do we know which cases to get involved in, and what our role is in a particular case? This workshop will be a facilitated discussion for experienced peacemakers, drawing on our collective wisdom and experience to develop clearer insight into which conflicts God is calling us to pursue, and which ones we should leave to others. Come prepared to share a story where you took a case that may not have had your name on it.
Preserving and Passing On Peace
Instructor: Brent Amato
If a mediator is to “live a legacy of peace”, their mediations need to “leave a legacy of peace”, something of true spiritual peace that is “left from someone to another”. After your mediation with your parties, what can you give the parties as this type of legacy? Surely, you want to “finish the course” of your mediations (II Timothy 4:7), which must go beyond the agenda of the encounters. Surely, you want to “entrust to and teach others” (II Timothy 2:2) both the blessings and principles they have experienced in your mediations. How does this happen? Come interact with a fellow-mediator and explore wounds to bind, agreements to confirm, accountability to convict, evaluations to teach and other principles that, for the participants and you, will finish the process and promote further peacemaking.
The Man Who Has Done This Deserves to Die!
Instructor: Mike Simpson
How can a conciliator assist the parties in a conflict see their deep need for repentance of their personal sins which brought about and contributed to the conflict? This workshop will consider what repentance is and what repentance is not (especially some feelings and actions which demonstrate false repentance). The workshop participants will discuss various biblical examples of real and false repentance. There will be role plays in which the participants will attempt to assist a “party” to come to repentance for sins which contributed to the conflict with which the conciliator is assisting.
Assisting Others through Case Administration
Instructor: Annette Friesen
Case Administration is an important part of conciliation work. Yes, it doesn’t sound overly exciting, but it can be one area of the process where those you are helping can feel served and assured that real help is possible. From the point of first contact moving into initial coaching, utilizing proper case administration skills will aid both the parties and the conciliators. In this workshop attendees will explore the goals for administration in light of their service, handling questions, understanding how to gather data and explain the process, the distribution and completion of critical forms, and giving excellent service to those in the midst of a difficult conflict. Whether you handle cases on a regular basis or just need to know the basics you will benefit from this workshop. Case Administration is more than paper. It’s about serving people and using your gifts to the glory of God.
Getting to the Heart of Conflict
Instructor: Ted Kober
When coaching or mediating, getting to the heart of conflict can make all the difference. Conflict reveals the secret idols of our hearts. But many don’t realize how their idols are driving them or how they impact relationships to others. Learn easy-to-use questions to help people identify their own idols that underlie and fuel conflict. Then, learn how to use repentance, confession and forgiveness to heal and encourage reconciliation.
Peacemaking for Preschoolers
Instructor: Tara Barthel
One of the most common questions I hear at women’s retreats is this: “At what age should we start teaching our children the Young Peacemaker materials?” By looking at Corlette’s (wonderful!) course, it may be easy to think that age 7 or 8 is appropriate because by then, most children are able to read and complete the fun activity booklets. However, I strongly believe that the best age to start training children in peacemaking is no later than preschool. Otherwise, we inadvertently train them to be tiny peace-fakers and peace-breakers rather than peace-makers! Join us in this workshop to discuss how to teach and reinforce peacemaking in the lives of very young children.
Pursuing Desire: How to Negotiate Substantive Issues with Grace
Instructor: Christian Muntean
Scripture is filled with examples of negotiations. God’s servants frequently negotiated with neighbors, each other and even with God. They negotiated issues related to business, family, politics, blessings, curses and doctrine. Negotiating and navigating difficult conversations is clearly a normal part of life. This workshop will help you practically apply the PAUSE principle to real life situations. We’ll build on the principle and explore specific ways to prepare for a successful negotiation, how to clarify your goals, how to communicate in an environment that lacks trust, manage emotions and what to consider when crafting an agreement.
Forgiving the Unrepentant: Justice, Mercy, and Relational Proximity
Instructor: Doug Schmidt
What happens when there’s no “Golden Response” ? What do you do when the other person responds to your heartfelt confession by saying something like …“Thanks for acknowledging that you were completely wrong, and accepting full responsibility for the conflict between us. Let’s go tell everyone that you’ve finally swallowed your pride and admitted that I was right.” There is a God-honoring way to respond to people like this. But the answer may surprise you. This seminar will touch on three things you’ll need to truly forgive the remorseless and unrepentant: (1) cultivating the ability to identify, value, and grieve the significant losses this person may have created in your life; (2) increasing your confidence that God will have the final word on all matters of injustice; and (3) decreasing your levels of vulnerability with those who have difficulty taking responsibility for their words and actions.
Peacemaking from the Pulpit
Instructor: Dennis Reiter
In this interactive workshop participants will share — with the whole group and in small groups — from our preaching on peacemaking. How did you decide when to preach on peacemaking? How did you provide an overview, and how did you approach specific topics (e.g., anger, confession, forgiveness, and church discipline)? How did you help people “see” peacemaking (e.g., illustrations, visual aids, pantomime)? How did you bring it home to the heart through applications? Bring copies of outlines or sermon notes you can share with fellow preachers so all of us can strengthen the legacy of peace in our church.
What if Peacemaking Doesn’t Work?
Instructor: Candy McCune
Sometimes, all the peacemaking steps on top of the slippery slope have been tried, or maybe a single mediation meeting of the parties has been attempted, or any level or number of efforts at reconciling a conflict have been tried. And there is not reconciliation or a resolution of the conflict. This also is the famous “what if” question many parties in a conflict ask a mediator or conciliator up front. So, how do you respond? What do you do when, or if, “peacemaking” doesn’t work? Whether you are a formally trained conciliator or the spiritual advisor type of friend who walks with a person in conflict, this is a topic on which you will want to be prepared.
The Marital Truth Trifecta
Instructor: Craig Conrad
The World English Dictionary defines “trifecta” as any achievement involving three successful outcomes. Expectations, issues and offenses are three perpetual topics of marital conversations in which couples will achieve a legacy of peace when the truth is spoken in love. Identifying when those topics need to be discussed and practicing those conversations are the learning objectives of this workshop.
Fun with Writing Arbitration Decisions
Instructor: Steve Long
In the interest of journalistic and professional integrity, we need to confess that mixing FUN and written arbitration decisions is a bit of an exaggeration. But look at it this way: if you overlook important concerns and considerations of the written agreement then there can be dire consequences including lawsuits. Peacemaker Ministries seems to have an acronym for everything. Writing arbitration decisions is no different. Come and learn the arbitration decision acronym and look like the picture of Solomonic wisdom in front of your parties and their lawyers.
Cup to Cup: Coffee Shop Conflict Coaching
Instructor: Bruce Burgess
Most of us get asked to conflict coach regularly – sometimes it’s in the coffee shop, sometimes at work, sometimes on a walk – even though the person might not even know that’s what they’re asking us to do. So how do we approach these impromptu or less formal situations? What are some essentials and practical pointers for opportunities like these, and what is different about these situations compared to either a professional/paid situation or a more formal conflict coaching setting? Via role plays, discussion and fun interactive exercises, we’ll grasp the nettle on this fundamental life-skill we all need to become comfortable(ish) with in order to serve others well when they really need us!
Embracing Church Conflict: Perspectives & Strategies
Instructors: Dave Edling & Tara Barthel
Every local church that teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s church…it belongs to Him. God’s churches experience conflicts…those, too, belong to Him. God’s sovereignty over every person in every church in every circumstance and situation is the common denominator from which hope-filled perspectives and strategies for church-wide peace may blossom. This workshop will consider those perspectives and strategies that will prepare God’s gathered people for congregation-wide peacemaking. How to help church leaders develop “best questions,” overcome tendencies toward “mob mentality” and “group think,” and how to facilitate a workable and meaningful group mediation will be among the strategies explored and discussed.
**More workshops coming soon. Please note that this year there will only be 4-5 workshops offered per slot in order to have more quality workshops.
*Schedule is subject to change and we reserve the right to cancel or change workshops if necessary.
Peacemaking Fundamentals Series – Digging Deeper: These workshops are designed to teach the basics of peacemaking. They might especially appeal to those who are not very familiar with peacemaking principles but can serve as a good reminder for all of us.
Personal Peacemaking Series: Workshops designed to help individuals, families or ministry and workplace leaders identify practical ways to apply peacemaking in their immediate or local relationship experiences. The series identifies common challenges experienced in different environments.
Practical Peacemaking Skills: Workshops designed to take the lay or vocational conciliator to the next skill level. These workshops will address common issues and opportunities that arise during conciliation.
Professional/Vocational Series: Legal – Counselor – Pastoral – Vocational Conciliator: Designed for advanced conciliators or vocational professionals who interweave peacemaking in their respective practice.