Mediating People through Conflict Practicum

When a conflict between two people becomes so entangled that they need assistance, trained mediators can help guide people through biblically-based mediation to achieve reconciliation of relationships and resolution of material issues.

Who Should Attend?

Assisting others to reconcile and resolve conflicts biblically is a difficult task. And yet God appoints us, as his ambassadors, to share the good news about his reconciliation to us through Christ and to be reconciled to each other.

The Mediating People through Conflict Practicum prepares leaders – pastors, elders and other lay leaders, teachers, administrators, parents – to mediate disputes between disputing parties in a biblically faithful manner. Almost everyone can benefit from this training, since all of us at times are asked to assist others work through their disagreements. This training is especially helpful for church leaders, since the church is meant to be a place where its members can seek help in applying God’s message of reconciliation to their personal conflicts.

During the practicum, you will attend two intense days of practicing mediation skills. Your instructor team demonstrates specific skills, and then you practice them with a partner. The first day you will practice parts of a mediation in exercises. The second day you will experience two longer mediation role-plays, both as a mediator and as a party. Each participant receives a study guide and a booklet, Guiding People through Conflict by Ken Sande and Ted Kober (Peacemaker Ministries, 2005).

A special feature of this training is a one-on-one live evaluation from one of our instructors at the end of the training. Because our average instructor/student ratio is 1/8, this training provides excellent personalized feedback and coaching.

A former participant shared: “When I first learned biblical peacemaking, I thought it would change my ministry. It did much more – it changed my life!”

Benefits of This Practicum

In the Mediating People through Conflict Practicum, you will learn how to assist people in conflict. You’ll study key Scripture passages and acquire new tools for remembering the basic principles and applying them in everyday conflicts. Past participants report how they used these tools and principles to help others resolve everything from family squabbles to complicated lawsuits.

Here’s what one person shared after receiving this training:

As I completed my practicum, I wondered how soon I would be using my newly developed skills. I didn’t have to wait long. The next morning I was talking to a woman who had been fired for embezzling. She was a single mom with two kids, and her boss was threatening to file formal charges.

Prior to the training, I would have simply advised her to see a lawyer. But instead I arranged a meeting between the woman and her boss, with me as their mediator.

By the end of the day, their relationship had begun to heal, and they agreed on a restitution plan that avoided formal prosecution.

But that’s not the end of the story. The woman hadn’t been going to church prior to this. Now she and her two sons are attending our church and taking membership classes.

Tell anyone who is considering this training that reconciliation ministry is the best evangelism program the church ever had!

You will be challenged in the same way to live, proclaim, and cultivate lifestyles of reconciliation in the family, workplace, and church.

Imagine what could happen if trained reconcilers could help people in your church or school reconcile – with their parents, with brothers and sisters, with co-workers, with former employers, with neighbors, with lawsuit opponents, even with fellow members of the church!

How Can My Church/Organization Make the Most of This Training Opportunity?

When a church or other organization sponsors this practicum, it often encourages more of its own members to attend. A church with several trained mediators will be blessed as they can serve its members and others in the community. It’s a great way to begin building a reconciliation ministry.

By the way, a great way to maximize participation in the Mediating People Through Conflict Practicum and encourage people to attend is to host a Blessed Are the Peacemakers Seminar or a Coaching People through Conflict Practicum a few weeks or months prior to the practicum. Of course, this is not a requirement, but only a great idea to take fuller advantage of a reconciliation training opportunity.

Who Should Attend?

The Mediating People Through Conflict Practicum is ideal for anyone who assists others in their conflicts. Thus, pastors, principals, elders and other lay leaders, teachers, business owners, executive and mid-level managers, counselors, social workers, and human resource managers all benefit from this training. But in reality, anyone who has the opportunity to help others on dealing with a specific conflict will enjoy this training.

Pre-Course Study

Participants begin their learning through completing Pre-Course Materials for Mediation:

  • Cultivating Lifestyles of Reconciliation by Ted Kober and Ken Sande
  • Mediation Self-Study online course at Peacemaker University

These books and audio-recorded seminar provide practical guidance on personal peacemaking, mediation, and living a lifestyle of reconciliation. The practicum builds on these basic teachings, helping leaders understand more fully how to apply these concepts to their own relationships as well as helping others.

Registering for a Practicum

To register for a scheduled practicum, see Scheduled Seminars and Practicums.

Click here to learn about Practicum Fees.

Scheduling and Hosting a Practicum

The two-day practicum usually runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Hosts usually provide the space and refreshments for breaks. Fees for lunch or lodging may be added to the costs of registration.

If you are interested in hosting a practicum, please call 406-698-6107 or email at mail@HisAoR.org.

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