how do the courses fit together and what should I choose?
This page helps you work out what courses to choose.
Some courses have prerequisites where earlier courses must be done first.
We have a “going deeper” track (as shown below) which equips you for deeper conflict situations and is especially focused on equipping you to understand and deal well with the underlying heart issues which drive so many of our conflicts. We highly recommend you follow this path, but it is also possible just to focus more on everyday conflicts instead.
Start here! Everyday peacemaking
The foundational course for all our training is our 101 Everyday peacemaking course.
Everyone starts here to learn the foundational principles of biblical peacemaking, and these principles form the basis of every other course.
Next step: go deeper or go straight to conflict coaching
We recommend your next course is 102 The heart of peacemaking.
This training reinforces the foundational principles, and amongst other things includes:
- gives deep insight into how our heart impacts conflict and how we can respond more constructively than we often do
- gives practice in how to have difficult conversations with others
- explores issues of grieving and lament and also
- builds on the concept of building a community of peace.
Your other option, if you prefer to go straight to learning how to help others in conflict, is to take 201 Everyday conflict coaching.
This training equips you to help someone else deal with a conflict situation that they are facing, including
- discovering a simple 4-part process to use in the conversation with them
- exploring the character elements and listening skills of a good coach
- learning how to gently probe the human heart and use Scripture to encourage
- practising putting it all together
Next steps: go deeper or go to mediation
Once you’ve done 102 The heart of peacemaking, you’re ready to move on through 201 Everyday conflict coaching and then 202 Deeper into conflict coaching. You are then in a position to move on to Mediation.
If you did 201 Everyday conflict coaching first, next step is to do 102 The heart of peacemaking, which is a prerequisite for 202 Deeper into conflict coaching. Again, then you are in a position to move on to Mediation.
Level one: Personal peacemaking
Our first level of courses helps us to work on conflict in our OWN lives. We have an ‘everyday’ course and a ‘going deeper’ course.
Tired of being buffeted by conflict around you? Wondering what God is doing when peace is absent? This first course will help you focus on what God is doing in your everyday relationships and help you be someone who makes peace rather than fakes it or breaks it!
Level two: Conflict coaching
The next level of our training are conflict coaching (helping others through conflict). We have two Conflict Coaching courses: an ‘everyday’ stream and a ‘going deeper’ stream.
Everyday conflict coaching
The purpose of conflict coaching training is to equip you to help others resolve conflict and reconcile relationships without your direct involvement in the conflict. This first course is aimed at the kinds of everyday conflicts and conversations we have with friends, family members, colleagues and others.
Deeper into conflict coaching
This training builds on the skills you learned in Everyday conflict coaching but gives greater opportunity for deeper reflection and practice, including how to deal with heart issues, difficult conversations and some more complex situations. Uniquely, included in this course is the option to actually be coached yourself on a real life conflict situation you are facing.
Level three: Mediation
The purpose of mediation training is to equip you to use a Christian mediation process to help reconcile two or more people who cannot resolve a conflict on their own.
In this training you will learn skills and process to help two or more people reconcile and address issues between them that they have not been able to resolve on their own. There will be extensive opportunity to practise the different parts of the Christian mediation process PeaceWise teaches, including an extended role play on the second day.