Relational turmoil frequently undermines the witness of Christians all around the world.
Family strife and divorce, church splits, workplace conflict, lawsuits between Christians, and clashes with neighbors of other faiths weaken our credibility and slow the advance of Christ’s kingdom (Rom. 2:21-24).
God is opening doors for RW360 to play a role in reducing this turmoil and improving the witness of the church globally. Our foundational book on biblical conflict resolution, The Peacemaker, has been translated into seventeen different languages and is being used by churches, seminaries and missionary organizations across the globe.
Building on relationships and experience gained through thirty years of teaching peacemaking around the world (see, e.g., Cattle Rustling in Uganda Newsletter and Video, Relational Dynamics in China and Peacemaking in the Middle East), we have developed three core strategies for taking relational wisdom and biblical peacemaking into new areas of Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
The first leg of our global strategy is to put boots on the ground overseas to provide live teaching, to recruit people for our advanced training program, to receive feedback on how to improve our resources and delivery model, and to develop long-term relationships with key organizational partners (see, e.g., G’Day Mate, Battleground Europe, Blending Soft Skills and Hard Skills in Europe and RW in South Africa.
The second leg of our strategy is to build global partnerships with organizations to help them weave relational wisdom into their networks. These groups include denominational missions organizations as well as global ministries like the European Leadership Forum, Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation, Association of Christian Schools International, Bible Study Fellowship, Advocates International and Acts 29 Church Planting Network. We are training instructors within each ministry who can then work together to build an in-house capacity for teaching and applying relational wisdom throughout their global networks.
The third leg of our strategy is our online RW Academy™ , which enables us to serve both our U.S. and international friends through the internet. This innovative learning management system integrates adult learning methodology (videos, case studies, quizzes, essays, discussion forums, etc.) so that students engage the material in an interactive, transformative process.
Our foundational online course, Discovering Relational Wisdom 2.0, is being used in over forty countries. We will soon add on online course on biblical peacemaking as well as interactive courses on marriage, parenting, peacemaking, church leadership, workplace dynamics, witnessing, missions and other life applications.
Misgana K, Ethiopia
I met Ken Sande in 2010 and have been profoundly changed by his teaching on biblical peacemaking.
These principles have enhanced my work as a Christian attorney. More importantly, they have transformed my relationships at home, in church and in the workplace, giving me a more believable witness for Christ.
One of the principles I apply most often relates to Jesus’ command to “get the log out of my eye” before blaming others.
For example, I had a boss who was giving me a hard time. The tension growing between us made me extremely uncomfortable. Although I felt like blaming her, my peacemaking training helped me to pause and ask, “How can I glorify God in this situation?” I also remembered that even if I am only 2% responsible, I am a 100% responsible for my 2%.
So instead of confronting her, I went and apologized for my part of the problem, without making any excuses. She started crying before I even finished my sentence and said it was actually her fault that things had gotten so bad between us. She then told me how much she appreciated my taking the first step to being reconciled.
Even though I had been tempted to blame her, I was so very grateful that God had given me good teaching and much grace, which enabled me to restore an important relationship and bring glory to the Lord Jesus.
Jerome M, Switzerland
Ana C, Spain
Claudia C, Switzerland
Carlos C, Peru
Please feel free to contact us for information on how you and your church or ministry can partner with us to spread relational wisdom and biblical peacemaking around the world