Christian solutions to conflict
TRAINING IN BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR RESPONDING TO CONFLICT DARWIN • BRISBANE • SYDNEY • ADELAIDE • MELBOURNE • PERTH MAY TO OCTOBER 2013
Why would you come to PeaceWise training? Dear friend, You and I struggle with conflict – often multiple times a day! Yet how many times do we turn to the deep and practical wisdom of the Bible as the basis for working out how to respond? PeaceWise training equips you to handle conflict constructively, redemptively and using proven strategies, which have brought resolution and restoration to countless disputes and relationships. In this training, you will: • learn a simple but powerful framework for responding to conflict in your life (and, for the higher level trainings, learn how to help others deal with conflict in their lives) • discover gracious ways to deal with difficult people • be trained in how to give a truly effective apology and what genuine forgiveness looks like in practice • see the incredible witness potential of building a culture of peace in your community – whether church, school, workplace or otherwise • be inspired by the practical wisdom of the Bible and the power of the gospel to bring hope and change in the face of conflict. By doing this training, you can become a better parent, minister, teacher, leader, change-agent, neighbour or friend – because we all need to learn these biblically based life-skills as we face conflict through our lives. I warmly encourage you to come and be inspired by this life-changing training. With God’s blessing,
Bruce Burgess National Director
Elenne Ford is the Queensland Director of PeaceWise and is also a practising barrister-at-law. In 2002, Elenne undertook secular mediation training as well as mediation training with Peacemaker Ministries and has recently become a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with Peacemaker Ministries. Elenne has been involved in mediating various church, organisational and marriage conflicts both in Australia and in the United States and has provided extensive biblical peacemaking training to churches and Christian schools around Australia.
REVEREND BRUCE ZAGEL
Bruce Burgess is the National Director of PeaceWise and is Australia’s first Certified Christian Conciliator™. He holds degrees in Arts, Law, Christian Studies and Theology. Bruce’s peacemaking work has led him to become involved in teaching and working with schools, workplace disputes, church and para-church based conflict, and victim-offender cases. He has also served as a consultant and trainer for the Baptist Union of NSW and ACT and the interdenominational ministry organisation, Christian Growth Ministries, and is a visiting lecturer for Morling College in the area of Christians and conflict.
Trainer profiles Reverend Bruce Zagel serves as Director of Reconciliation Ministry for the Lutheran Church of Australia. He was a Lutheran pastor in America for 19 years before helping start Ambassadors of Reconciliation, an international Lutheran ministry, where he was Director of Reconciliation Ministries for six years. In 2010 Bruce, with his wife Kathy, came to Australia to serve as Reconciliation Pastor in Hamilton, Victoria. Bruce was a counsellor in juvenile court prior to seminary. He has been a reconciliation trainer throughout the United States and Canada as well as Australia, Russia, Ukraine, India and Mexico.
Chip Zimmer is Vice President of International Ministries for Peacemaker Ministries. In this role, he oversees and coordinates the work of Peacemaker Ministries outside the United States, including projects and partnerships in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. In this role, Chip has also had extensive global experience in teaching peacemaking, including in cross-cultural contexts (even as challenging as Australia!). Chip is the former Executive Director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Puget Sound in Seattle,Washington, and has broad experience as a mediator and a trainer.
“The love of God flowed through you today changing the lives of many.”
REGISTER ONLINE AT PEACEWISE.ORG.AU
2013 - The training program Darwin - May (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Adelaide - July/August (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Palmerston Christian School
St Bartholomew’s Church
Waler Road, Marlow Lagoon NT 0830
77 Beulah Rd Norwood Adelaide SA 5067
(Free parking on site)
(Free parking available off street)
LEAD TRAINERS Bruce Zagel and Elenne Ford
LEAD TRAINERS Bruce Zagel and Elenne Ford
Mon 27 May
Mon 29 July
Tue-Wed 28-29 May
Tue-Wed 30-31 July
Thur-Fri 30-31 May
Thur-Fri 1-2 August
Brisbane - June (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Melbourne - October (8:30am - 5:00pm)
The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland
New Hope Baptist Church
237 Milton Road, Milton QLD 4064
3 Springfield Rd, Blackburn North VIC 3130
(Parking suggestions will be supplied in pre-training preparation letter)
(Free parking on site)
LEAD TRAINER Elenne Ford
LEAD TRAINER Chip Zimmer
Mon 10 June
Mon 7 October
Tue-Wed 11-12 June
Tue-Wed 8-9 October
Thur-Fri 13-14 June
Thur-Fri 10-11 October
Sydney - June (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Perth - October (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Salvation Army Sydney Congress Hall
Lifestreams Christian Church
Level 4, 140 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cnr Murray St & McNabb Loop, Como WA 6151
(Parking suggestions will be supplied in pre-training preparation letter. Venue is also easily accessible by either bus or train.)
(Free parking on site)
LEAD TRAINER Bruce Burgess DATE
Mon 17 June
Tue-Wed 18-19 June
Thur-Fri 20-21 June
LEAD TRAINER Chip Zimmer (with Elenne Ford for Advanced mediation) DATE
Mon 14 October
Tue-Wed 15-16 October
Thur-Fri 17-18 October
Mon-Wed 21-23 October
“Everything was very easy to understand and follow as well as to apply to both personal and church level. Superb!!!”
Some important things to know about the training … • As all training builds upon earlier principles, PeaceWise training MUST be undertaken in the following sequence: Personal peacemaking > Conflict coaching > Mediation > Advanced mediation • For all training other than the one day Personal peacemaking seminar, you need to obtain and read Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker. This book is available from the PeaceWise online bookstore at peacewise.org.au or from Christian bookshops.
• Conflict coaching, Mediation and Advanced mediation courses will have pre-course assignments that will be given at least three weeks before the week of the training. Participants in these courses will also have preparatory work to do on each evening of the training, so please ensure that the evenings of the training days are kept free of other commitments. • All training corresponds to the training curriculum bearing the same name as provided by Peacemaker Ministries in the US - see www.peacemaker.net. Note however that the Advanced mediation is training specific to Australia.
… And what are the costs? PeaceWise has sought to make the training as affordable as possible. We encourage you to take advantage of the significant savings offered by the group and early-bird booking rates. All training costs include GST.
PeaceWise has a limited Scholarship Fund to provide some support to those with a genuine desire to attend but limited financial resources – please contact us if you would like to know more.
Days of training
Early bird individual
Early bird group
* Concession rate is for full-time students and concession cardholders.
Early-bird discounts To receive these discounts, you need to register and pay at least 2 months before the date of the training you are registering for . Group discounts only apply for groups of 5 or more REGULAR delegates who book together as one group at
the same time. (Concession delegates may register as part of a group, but as their fees are already less than the early bird group fee no further discount is applicable.)
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PeaceWise is a national Christian peacemaking organisation dedicated to helping people learn and apply biblical principles in seeking Christian solutions to the conflicts we encounter in all aspects of daily living.
Our purpose is promoting peace and reconciliation in relationships through biblical principles and the power of Christ.
What will you learn in each course? Personal peacemaking Level: Core principles (ALL VENUES) The first step in becoming a peacemaker is to learn how to respond to conflict biblically and reconcile relationships in your own life. This seminar will help you learn to address conflict in your own life and to breathe grace into difficult situations. You will also learn to respond to conflict in a way that will glorify God, serve others and help you become more like Christ. This level of training is relevant for all Christians, helping every member of your church understand how to integrate peacemaking into the fabric of your church. This discipleship and church transformation strategy will help you develop a culture of peace in your church.
Conflict coaching Level: Foundational skills (ALL VENUES) Foundational skills training provides the training you will need to effectively help people with most conflicts. The purpose of the conflict coaching training is to equip you to help others resolve conflict and reconcile relationships without your direct involvement in the conflict. This training will teach you how to provide encouragement, godly advice, prayer, support and informal instruction in basic peacemaking to an individual who is struggling with a conflict. You use conflict coaching skills any time you offer advice or your opinion to a friend, family member or neighbour on how to respond to a conflict.
Mediation Level: Foundational skills (ALL VENUES) Mediation training is the second part of the Foundational skills training. Through the mediation portion of the training, you will learn skills and processes for reconciling two or more people who cannot resolve a conflict on their own. This training is provided by experienced conciliators and gives special attention to communication and problemsolving skills that are needed for effective mediation. It also addresses some of the problems that are more frequently encountered during mediation.
Advanced mediation Level: Advanced (PERTH) This training is designed to develop your mediation skills in more difficult conflicts that may have more parties and issues, with more intensity and complexity. Time is devoted to dealing with common ‘what next?!’ dilemmas and the role plays in this training involve extended opportunity to develop your mediation skills using the distinctively biblically-based framework that distinguishes this training from secular approaches. This training is credited by Peacemaker Ministries as a component of its Certified Christian Conciliator Program, which is a professional conciliator accreditation program that requires acceptance by application, and then extensive practical experience, on-going education and client and mentor evaluation.
What’s included in the training? Registration entitles attendance for all relevant sessions, and also includes: • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea • all course materials (apart from a copy of The Peacemaker - required for all levels above Personal peacemaking) • certificate of attendance For persons such as those in full-time pastoral ministry teachers and lawyers, if the content of the training is relevant to your professional development or continuing accreditation or education requirements, you may claim one ‘unit’ for each hour of attendance, subject to the rules of the relevant program.
“Every Christian everywhere should do this training!”
General information Registration information Participation is open to everyone, and the full-day Personal peacemaking seminar is especially recommended for every Christian! The easiest way to register is at peacewise.org.au, but please feel free to call if we can help in any way! Registrations must be accompanied by payment.
Share the Peace If you’ve ever been to one of PeaceWise’s training events, you know personally what a difference learning the principles of biblical peacemaking can make – both in your own life and in building a culture of peace in your workplace or ministry, church and community. PeaceWise now has a special promotional kit complete with videos, posters and training brochures you can use to help tell others about upcoming PeaceWise training events. So, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1300 1 PEACE (1300 173 223) to receive your free ‘Share the Peace’ kit that you can use to help tell your church, school or other community about PeaceWise training and how it can help build a culture of peace!
Dietary requirements We can provide a vegetarian alternative for our meal and morning and afternoon teas, if we are advised of this request on registration. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow for other dietary requirements.
Limited numbers and special considerations for higher levels of training Please note there are strictly limited numbers available for training in Conflict coaching, Mediation and Advanced mediation. This is to ensure a high quality learning experience. These courses are likely to fill quickly, and all registrations will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Remember that, for each level of training, you must have completed all lower levels in order to take the next level.
More about PeaceWise... PeaceWise Ltd ACN 125 667 067 is a cross-denominational not for profit ministry established in 2007. Please visit our website where you’ll find a wealth of helpful information and answers to many frequently asked questions. Our contact details are: web: peacewise.org.au email: email@example.com ph: 1300 1 PEACE (1300 173 223) or 02 9808 3771 mail: PO Box 3590 Rhodes NSW 2138 Our board comprises: Bruce Burgess – National Director Geoff Bateman – NT Jeroen Bruins – WA Elenne Ford – QLD Li Ai Gamble – VIC and Acting TAS Wendy Konemann – NSW Hélène van Ruth – SA John Hollier – Company Secretary
“Very engaging and passionate, honest and encouraging. I definitely leave with greater hope and a renewed perspective on conflict – thank you.”