In essence, RW is the ability to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37-39). Specifically, RW is your ability to discern emotions, interests and abilities in yourself and others, to interpret them in the light of Gods Word, and to use these insights to manage your responses and relationships successfully.
Life is all about relationships (Gen. 2:18; John 13:34-35) and relationships can be challenging. They are often fueled by emotions, both positively and negatively (Matt. 14:14; Gen. 37:11, 28). Relationships are three dimensional (Eph. 4:30-32) involving God, self and others; they also involve two dynamics: (1) being aware what do I know? and (2) engaging in response what will I do?
The Bible provides a powerfully effective way to deal with relationships and the emotions that fuel them.In particular, the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the motive, pattern and power for RW (Eph. 5:1-2; Titus 2:14). Indeed, Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
A Message from our Congregation's Peacemaking Team
The best way to answer that question is through six Because's:
We aim to address the because issues listed above. Our primary purpose is to continue teaching and helping people in our congregation and in our community respond to conflicts through biblically faithful coaching and mediation.
Our goal is not to preach, but rather to encourage Christians to obey God's commands and to behave in a manner that will please and honor Him.
What distinguishes biblical from non-biblical ways of resolving conflict?
The Peacemaking Team ministry must be flexible and efficient: flexible in order to be available to people in conflict and efficient in order to allow our team members to focus on the ministry itself. We are here to serve our community and our entire congregation, including our Pastors and other church leaders. We will continue to teach and to reinforce the principles of biblical peacemaking.
The current Members of our Peacemaking Team are: Orren Merren* (Coordinator), Pastor Alson Ebanks*, Pastor Yolanda Palmer*, Pat Downey*, Susan Ebanks*,Antonio Hawkins*, Elsa Hurlston*, Eustace Joseph, Linda McField*, Joy Merren*, Tyra Miller*, Autrey Rolle and Tomy Wilkerson*. The key Scripture for our Team is Mt. 5:9 (blessed are the peacemakers). Our Peacemaking Team has been registered with Peacemaker? Ministries since 2013.
Our Peacemaking Team is available to serve church members and church attenders, who voluntarily come for biblical advice (what we call coaching) to resolve a conflict. We also seek to involve the appropriate church leaders whenever it would be necessary or helpful for coaching or mediation.
It is a strong value for our Team members and people in conflict to be resolving their conflict under the authority of appropriate church leadership structures. If someone from another church is involved, our team will seek to include a leader from that persons church.
Our Peacemaking Team's coaching and mediation may interact with the church discipline process. Conflict that leads to a persons involvement with our ministry team may also be a source of church discipline.
However, neither coaching nor mediation are to be a means of escaping church discipline, but instead can be a means of voluntarily resolving the core issues that first led to the need for church discipline. Our Peacemaking Team will always act under the authority of our Church Council and will be careful to support any disciplinary process.
The activities of our Peacemaking Team are being supported through our congregations annual budget and we rely on various resources from our congregation, including use of church facilities for our team meetings and for training. We can also use our church facilities for coaching and mediation.
Does our congregation face a higher risk of legal liability by providing coaching and mediation? The answer is no.
Because coaching and mediation are voluntary activities, courts have consistently supported and protected the process. Peacemaker Ministries is not aware of a single church that has been sued for supporting biblical coaching and mediation.
The best protection against liability is for activities of our ministry Team consistently to follow procedures that reinforce and memorialize the voluntary nature of the process. Although our Teams activities are designed to protect our congregation as much as possible, the benefits of biblical peacemaking far outweigh any potential liability.
Every Team member is committed to participate in ongoing training. Every Team member has received some basic training in the principles of biblical peacemaking based on the Peacemaker Ministries curriculum.
Most of our Team members have also participated in a three-day live coaching and mediation-training event. One of our Team members has also enrolled in the Certification Program to become a Certified Christian Conciliator and has completed the basic training course for that.
Peacemaker Ministries is committed to supporting us through some blend of the following:
 All those Team members who are indicated with an * have completed the Peacemaker® Ministries training course on Conflict Coaching & Mediation.
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