Conflict coaching and mediation training is being offered between 15 and 17 August at the Triple C School.
The schedule is as follows: 7.30am to 5.30pm for Thursday and 8am to 6.30pm for Friday and Saturday.
The training is being presented by Peacemaker Ministries, a para-church organisation founded in 1982 under auspices of the Christian Legal Society in the US by a group of pastor, lawyers and business people who wanted to encourage, equip and assist Christians to respond to conflict from a biblical perspective.
Peacemaker Ministries training is not exclusive to any one denomination and are open to all who share their convictions about the centrality of Christ, the responsibility of the Church, the need for biblical counselling and the comprehensiveness of God’s word. They believe that the Bible contains all of the promises and principles needed for true peacemaking.
The training will be led by instructor Bryce Thomas, who has practised extensively as a trial attorney in North Carolina since 1974. He obtained his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, his passion is biblical peacemaking, in which he serves as a coach, mediator, arbitrator and instructor, especially in relation to church conflict and martial conflict.
He has also taught and conducted peacemaking across the US and in Nigeria, India, Ukraine, Canada, Bulgaria, Morocco, Germany and Australia, working with individuals, churches, businesses and other organisations. He and his wife, Nancy, are both actively involved in the peacemaking team at the Lutheran church where they are members.
She also serves as one of the instructors for the training to take place at Triple C, as are Dennis Reiter, Nita Zelenak and Candy McCune. All of them are seasoned instructors. Each instructor will work closely with about eight students, especially for the extensive role-playing exercises during training.
“Biblical peacemaking is a Christian ministry that is concerned with resolving the material issues in a conflict. However, in contrast with the secular approach to conflict resolution, it also aims to get to the heart of what is causing the conflict and to restore the relationship amongst those in conflict,” noted a Church of God press statement.
The Peacemaker Ministries course on conflict coaching and mediation is foundational for advanced training as a certified Christian conciliator, which prepares candidates to be mediators and arbitrators using biblical-based approaches and also for advanced courses in reconciling martial conflict and reconciling church conflict.
The cost for the training is $250 and that covers the price of a book titled, “The Peacemaker by Ken Sande”, course manual and training materials, meals and snacks during the three days of training and expenses of the instructors.
This training is sponsored by the Church of God Chapel George Town and the coordinator for the training is Orren Merren. He can be reached at [email protected]
Registrations closes on 30 June or when their are 40 enrollees.