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  1. The Peacemaker Tim KnightManuel PrabhudasGroup and Conflict Issues in LeadershipLDRS 561 Azusa Pacific University January 2010 A Biblical Conciliatory Approach to Conflict Resolution

  2. Alternative Dispute ResolutionA Biblical ModelPeacemakers, founded in 1982 by Ken Sande Training individuals, businesses and organizations to pursue Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) through a specialized, conciliatory approach

  3. Peacemaking vs. Escape/Attack Responses Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.Matthew 5:9

  4. Personal Peacemaking • Overlook an Offense • Reconciliation • Negotiation

  5. Overlook an Offense • Forgiveness of an offense (Prov.19:11) • Not to talk, dwell, or grow into bitterness or anger

  6. Reconciliation • More serious to overlook and damages the relationship • Confession, loving correction, and forgiveness • Be reconciled with that person (Matt. 5:23-24) • Forgive as Christ forgave us (Col. 3:13)

  7. Negotiation • This relates to things unlike relationship issues such as money, property, and other rights.  (Phil.2:4)

  8. Assisted Peacemaking • Mediation • Arbitration • Accountability

  9. Mediation • Mediation between two people by an outside objective person • Mediators ask questions and give advice to guide the individuals (Matt.18:16) • Final decision  is made by the individuals involved in the conflict

  10. Arbitration • One or more arbitrators to be involved  and make a binding decision to settle the conflict  (1 Cor. 6:4)

  11. Accountability • Person is a Christian but does not desire to be reconciled • Accountable to Scripture for repentance, justice, and forgiveness • Leaders in the church will lovingly intervene  (Matt.18:12,17)

  12. The PAUSE Principle of NegotiatingPhil 2:3-4; Matt. 7:12 • Prepare • Affirm relationships • Understand interests • Search for creative solutions • Evaluate options objectively and reasonably

  13. Escape Responses • Denial • Flight • Suicide

  14. Attack Responses • Assault • Litigation • Murder

  15. Reasons People Respond Negatively to Conflict • People in conflict bring to the table all of their incompleteness • Lack of skills to deal with conflicts makes matters worse • People view conflict negatively and therefore respond negatively • People view conflict through the lens of their previous negative experiences

  16. People in conflict bring to the table all of their incompleteness • Immaturity • UN Secretary General’s Comments

  17. Lack of skills to deal with conflicts makes matters worse

  18. People view conflict negatively and therefore respond negatively

  19. People view conflict through the lens of their previous negative experiences • 9/11: a collective negative experience

  20. Evaluating Organizational Peacemaking Culture • Do people show genuine respect for the opinions, interests and reputation of others? • When there is a disagreement, do people try to speak the truth in a loving way? • Do people resolve disagreements constructively among themselves? • Do people value relationships and work hard to preserve them? • Do leaders provide a consistently positive example of resolving conflict? • Do people show compassion toward others who are very different or difficult to love?