PeaceWise is developing new and refreshed adult peacemaking courses to help people deal with conflict
As well as developing new material for children of all ages through PeaceWiseKids, PeaceWise is committed to developing new and refreshed peacemaking courses for adults as well!
We believe that people everywhere need to learn how to handle conflict God’s way. Some people want to learn it to give vital help for their everyday relationships – friends, family, workmates, church buddies.
And some want to go deeper and reflect and practice more seriously the skills needed to help others in conflict.
The history of PeaceWise’s training
PeaceWise’s training was originally based on the courses developed in America by Peacemaker Ministries.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve made many changes to make it:
- more Australian
- reflect a broader range of learning styles
- include what we’ve learned directly and from your feedback about peacemaking and peacemaking training
But now it’s time for the courses to undergo a major rewrite and revision, to keep them fresh, current and reflect new learnings and thinking on both structure and content. For this reason…
Two new adult peacemaking course streams are being developed
Over the next few years, we are moving towards having two streams of adult peacemaking courses. One will be at the ‘Everyday conflict’ level, and one at the ‘Going deeper’ level. Because of this, there will be more courses available and so the courses will better cater to a range of potential learners and their needs. And each day will be shorter too, so people feel the content is a manageable amount for one day.
By 2019, we will have both an everyday level and deeper level course for each of what is currently called:
- personal peacemaking
- conflict coaching and
We may also potentially develop additional courses which focus on particular kinds of conflict (eg. marriage, workplace, schools, churches). But first up, we need to get the core new courses in place.
First cabs off the rank in 2017 will be the following courses:
- ‘Everyday peacemaking’ (the ‘everyday conflict’ level course for the personal peacemaking strand)
- ‘The heart of peacemaking’ (the ‘going deeper’ level course for personal peacemaking strand).
In 2018 we will release the new everyday and the going deeper level courses for the conflict coaching strand.
And in 2019 we will release the new everyday and going deeper level courses for the mediation strand.
You can help by giving to support the creation of these courses
So, as you might guess, rewriting our courses is a major exercise, that will involve hundreds of hours of work!
We have estimated we need $20,000 for each new strand of two courses (for an overall total of $60,000), to help fund writers and course development for these courses. We are thrilled that for the first two courses we raised enough support to fund Rev Matt Hunt (senior pastor of CrossLife – a Baptist church) to be the key writer, in collaboration with three of our directors, Geoff Bateman, Wendy Konemann and Bruce Burgess.
We are now more than two thirds of the way towards our overall target of $60,000 and would greatly appreciate your support in bringing these new courses to life.
Here’s what we’ve raised so far and what’s still needed…
Please join us and help make these wonderful new courses available faster. This way, everyone can learn how to be a better husband, wife, parent, workmate, pastor, leader, change-agent, friend etc (you get the idea!).
Giving to course development might not seem the “sexiest” thing to give to, but the multiplication effect in helping people breathe grace and have healthy relationships is huge. And you can help spread the gospel witness when Christians act as peacemakers in difficult situations.
Please give now to help build new adult peacemaking courses – and share the blessings of the gospel of peace!