Bringing Good News to the World Through Listening & Questioning
Instructors: Bryce Thomas and Francis Taman
In conversations we often think we communicate well. However, the meaning behind what someone said can get lost and often cause conflict. Developing the skills to listen and ask questions is important in any conversation. This workshop will explore the various active listening techniques and the importance of asking good questions even in a cross-cultural context. You will get the opportunity to not only learn these techniques but practice them as well.
Peacemaking and Millennials
Instructors: Daniel Teater and Matthew Antolick
The largest generation (75 million) after the Boomers (80 million) stands on the precipice of becoming the global leaders of tomorrow. Most millennials have never experienced life without a computer. Despite the ever-increasing connectivity of our time, many millennials are experiencing isolation, loneliness, and a deep longing for significance. Millennials, too, are typically suspicious of religious institutions, yet crave spiritual significance and meaning. Peacemaking has the ability to “go viral” in this cultural climate due to its emphasis on interpersonal authenticity and the living-out of faith. Come learn how peacemaking contains the very ingredients needed to ignite a spiritual and cultural revolution within the millennial generation. This class will be a combination of lecture, small group discussion, and large group application.
Case Administration: The Art of Shepherding from Intake to Resolution
Instructor: Rachel Schuelke
Leading parties from the initial intake call to sitting down in mediation can feel like herding cats. However, this period is a vital time of educating participants, assessing the case, forming a conciliation plan, gaining informed consent, securing commitment, managing expectations and, of course, planning the logistics of the mediation itself. All of this often utilizes a great deal of conflict coaching and negotiation with the goal of establishing a strong foundation for a fruitful mediation. The art of shepherding the parties through the conciliation process is what case administration is all about. During this workshop we will discuss best practices in case administration as well as common pitfalls to avoid, all while working through a model case together. Come prepared with questions regarding your own case administration struggles so that we, as a group, can help one another administrate with greater degrees of excellence.
The Rhythm of Conflict Coaching in a Cross-Cultural Context
Instructors: Orren and Joy Merren
Conflict Coaching can be enhanced by using various tools. One tool that can help is the SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality & Experience) curriculum. In this workshop participants will not only learn the SHAPE curriculum and how to apply it to a Conflict Coaching setting but will also be able to role play a case based on a cross-cultural scenario.
Peacemaking with Unbelievers: What Does the Lord Require of Us and How do We Persevere?
Instructor: Tara Barthel
The most common question I am asked during a Q&A on peacemaking is always: “What about our relationships with people who are not Christians?” Often, these relationships are some of the most important and time-consuming relationships in our lives: extended family members, coworkers, and members of the sports / arts / educational organizations that matter the most to us. In this workshop, we will discuss what the Bible teaches us about peacemaking with unbelievers. What are our duties? What appeals are available to us? What specific reminders from Scripture will help us to stay the course when these relationships seem hopelessly painful, exhausting, and estranged?
Grace, Growth and Correction: Applying Restorative Principles to Church Discipline
Instructor: Christian Muntean
How does your church address problem behaviors? How often does the way that you address them result in healthier relationships and more whole people? We know that sin causes harm. The Gospel offers healing for those harmed and hope for those who did harm. This workshop will explore principles for how church discipline can ultimately result in healing and hope. We’ll explore:
Goals of restorative discipline
The role of church culture and structures
Differences between addressing issues on a congregational, staff or board/elder level
Misunderstandings about love and forgiveness
Does Peacemaking Travel Well? Lessons Learned Internationally
Instructors: Anne Bachle Fifer and Candy McCune
How well do the “4 G’s” translate into other languages? How receptive are people in other cultures to peacemaking principles that North Americans consider essential, like confession? How does one go about digging for the heart of conflict and using the slippery slope of idolatry in settings outside the US? Both workshop leaders have taught peacemaking, and even done some conciliating, overseas with people from a variety of cultures. We also have gathered wisdom and insight from other Peacemaker Ministries staff and conciliators who have traveled and worked internationally. We’ll share our preparation, our prejudices, and our reflections on translating peacemaking principles into other cultures.
Dealing with Difficult Parties
Instructors: Daniel Teater and Bryce Thomas
You have have signed on to help as a peacemaker, but shortly thereafter challenging things begin to occur; such as one party frequently speaking poorly of the opposite sex, a party ruthlessly talking about another to demonize the other party, or the party accuses the peacemaker of violating trust by telling the head elder that the peacemaker has failed to schedule any appointments. If you have ever encountered a difficult party in a conciliation process you can attest that they can single handedly undermine a conciliation. But what makes a party “difficult”? How can you wisely assess people who may fit that category? What are the signs you should look for and what practical and biblical interventions are effective in dealing with difficult parties? This class will seek to answer these questions through a combination of lecture, group interaction, and specific case study application.
Speaking Grace into Caesar’s Courts: Integrating Biblical Peacemaking in the Judicial System
Instructor: Mike Simpson
This workshop will examine what biblical peacemaking can offer the parties about to be or already engaged in civil litigation concerning family issues. While each state has its own procedures and peculiarities, participants in this workshop will seek creative and God-honoring means of introducing grace-based peacemaking into fragile and broken relationships that our judicial system usually is unconcerned about addressing. Although legal issues will be discussed, this workshop is not designed primarily for lawyers, rather for the non-attorney conciliators trying to understand and influence the legal system in which their clients are entangled. Scriptural instruction about believers’ interaction with the government will be discussed and taken into consideration in trying to assist the parties.
Beautiful Feet Bring Good News
Instructor: Ted Kober
People in conflict often lose hope. What they need is good news. But a Christian conciliator can’t promise the results parties expect. So, what Good News can a conciliator bring without guaranteeing something that can’t be promised? God’s promises never fail. His promise of forgiveness gives hope and empowers people to forgive as He has forgiven them. Using God’s Word is the most powerful way to declare God’s grace, provide comfort, and encourage the discouraged. Learn how “beautiful feet” conciliators help parties discover the rhythm of peace by proclaiming God’s forgiveness.
The Healing Role of Identity in the Rhythm of Peace: Bringing Christ in You to the Pain of Conflict
Instructor: Eric Willis
This workshop focuses on a biblical understanding of who believers are in Christ with practical application of our spiritual identity. What would conflict look like if believers understood we do not have a sin problem (Christ took care of that on the cross), but rather a source problem (Influence of the flesh or the Spirit)? The pain of conflict creates an environment where most believers comfortably lean into the influence of who they once were, before Christ; their source from a false/dead identity. As peacemakers, we have this wonderful opportunity to come alongside with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and this Good News is the key to an Inside-Out Solution for identifying rhythm between the mind, will, and emotions of believers in conflict. This workshop answers the questions: What do I believe about who I am? How does my salvation change the way I view myself? How does what I believe about who I am influence me when conflict arises? Ultimately, we will seek to understand the healing role of our spiritual identity in the rhythm of peace. Once you’ve experienced this workshop, you will have a more accurate view of yourself and those to whom you minister the Gospel of Peace.
The Heartbeat of Peace in the Church
Instructors: John Richardson and Panel
This workshop features a panel of pastors facilitated by John Richardson. Through questions, honest feedback, practical insights and spiritual lessons, participants will better understand the recurring events and processes that support and promote peace and reconciliation in the church. Questions will include: What interrupts the rhythm of peace in the church? What recurring patterns should we expect to see in a healthy church? How can a pastor or church leader help the congregation understand and experience the heartbeat of reconciliation and peace? Panelists will also share from their own experiences in helping the church excel in peacemaking. Participants will have opportunities to ask their own questions of panel members.
How to Be a Good Co-Conciliator
Instructors: Anne Bachle Fifer and Candy McCune
Two should be better than one when it comes to co-conciliating: two sets of eyes to observe, two sets of ears to listen well, two different personalities to filter and discern what is happening. However, if the two are unable to find a rhythm together that flows well, they do not serve their parties well. What makes a good co-conciliator? Are two co-conciliators better than one, or do you prefer going solo? How do you decide whether the case warrants two conciliators, and who they should be? This workshop, led by two conciliators who have mediated both solo and co, will help us all be better co-conciliators.
Counseling vs. Conciliation
Instructors: Daniel Teater and Panel
Counseling and conciliation are two vital ministries that have mutually overlapping spheres, but how can you tell the difference between them? Both deal with hearts. Both help people take responsibility. Both seek to apply the gospel, but beyond that, what are the differences? When is counseling a more appropriate intervention then conciliation and vice versa? How does the conciliator discern when to provide recommendations for counseling rather than proceed with a mediation? If you have ever wrestled with the tensions between counseling and conciliation, or are generally curious how these two disciplines overlap, come find out the answers to these nuanced questions with a panel discussion of counselors and conciliators. There will be a guided group discussion and Q&A at the end.
*Schedule is subject to change and we reserve the right to cancel or change workshops if necessary.
Personal/Core Peacemaking: These workshops are designed to teach the basics of peacemaking. They might especially appeal to those who are not familiar with biblical peacemaking principles but can serve as a good reminder for us all. *If this is your first time to a Peacemaker Conference or you are not very familiar with peacemaking then we recommend you follow this track of workshops*
Building a Global Culture of Peace: These workshops will examine various aspects of being culturally sensitive when teaching or practicing biblical peacemaking in other countries – even those that speak the same language.
Marriage/Family: These workshops address the family and marriage dynamics; for professionals or lay leaders who want to apply peacemaking to these particular relationships.
Conciliation/Mediation: These workshops are 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/mediation.
Church/Pastors: These workshops are specifically designed to be relevant for churches and pastors as they deal with conciliation and biblical peacemaking within the church body.