In this world, conflict is inevitable. Whether between guests, volunteers, employees, partnering organizations, government officials, or members of the community, rescue missions face conflict daily. Through AGRM’s partnership with Peacemaker Ministries, AGRM member missions can access resources, training, and consultation on valuable and effective means of resolving conflicts.
About Peacemaker Ministries
The mission of Peacemaker Ministries is to equip and assist Christians and their ministries to respond to conflict biblically by developing and delivering outstanding, life-changing resources, training, and services to a multitude of receptive ministries and churches throughout the world. Peacemaker Ministries prepares ministry leaders, adults, and children for peacemaking through educational resources, seminars, and training. Peacemaker Ministries also provides conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration services to resolve ministry disputes, lawsuits, family divisions, and business conflicts.
Peacemaker Ministries has successfully assisted rescue missions in education, resourcing and conflict resolution, including Union Gospel Mission (Portland OR), Montana Rescue Mission (Billings MT), and Central Union Mission (Washington DC).
What Makes Peacemaker Ministries Distinctive?
Peacemaker Ministries believes that the Bible contains all of the promises and principles needed for true peacemaking. These scriptural principles are summarized in the Peacemaker's Pledge and are woven into every aspect of Peacemaker Ministries’ work and ministry. They also give rise to four central convictions that are identified as Peacemaker Ministries’ distinctives:
1. The Centrality of Christ – Peacemaker Ministries believes that genuine peace between people can be found only through Jesus Christ. Therefore, people in conflict are encouraged to believe the gospel and trust in Christ, and to faithfully rely on the promises and obey the commands that God has given in Scripture (see John 14:27; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 3:15-16; 2 Tim. 3:16).
2. The Responsibility of the Church – Peacemaker Ministries believes that peacemaking is an essential ministry of the local church, not a task reserved for professional mediators or lawyers. Therefore, Christians are encouraged to take unresolved conflicts to their church families, which are called by God to restore peace by promoting biblical justice and reconciliation (see Matt. 18:17; 1 Cor. 6:4; Eph. 3:10; Heb. 13:17).
3. The Necessity of Biblical Counseling – Peacemaker Ministries believes that destructive conflict comes from desires that battle within people's hearts. Therefore, the focus is not merely on trying to resolve surface issues. Peacemaker Ministries also counsels parties to find their fulfillment in Christ, renounce sinful desires and actions that have contributed to conflict, and seek genuine reconciliation with others (see James 4:1-3; Gal. 2:20; Prov. 28:13; Rom. 15:14).
4. The Comprehensiveness of God's Word – Peacemaker Ministries believes that God's Word is totally authoritative and completely sufficient for all aspects of life, and that his peacemaking commands and promises apply to every conflict a Christian can encounter. Therefore, Peacemaker Ministries works across the entire spectrum of conflict, helping people to resolve everything from school-yard quarrels to family disputes, business conflicts, congregational divisions, and multi-million dollar lawsuits (see 2 Tim. 3:16-17).