Biblical Reconciliation Ministry serves members and pastors of the LCA/NZ by encouraging and equipping sisters and brothers in Christ to dwell in and share the forgiveness of Jesus Christ in all relationships.
As God’s people, we live in relationship with him and experience his love and forgiveness in the divine service. Yet, from time to time we experience strained relationships with others in our family, congregation and wider community. Biblical reconciliation provides understanding, tools and resources that equip God’s people to respond in conflict in ways that are restorative and healing, bringing forgiveness, peace and joy in Christ.
Biblical reconciliation grows out of and supports word and sacrament ministry, refocusing and affirming God’s people, and whole Christian communities, in their identity in Christ and how they live their faith with others as people of the gospel.
As Christians, the freedom to be peacemakers, to seek reconciliation with our neighbours, is grounded in the forgiveness that is ours through Christ’s saving work on the cross. We are reconciled to our Heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus who takes away the sin of the world (Romans 5:6–11) and are called to share God’s love and mercy by serving our neighbours as we work through conflict, reconciling our relationships and bringing glory to God (Ephesians 4:32, 5:1).
Biblical Peacemaking workshops
Our Biblical Peacemaking workshops teach how to apply God’s word of law and gospel and provide practical skills to equip you to live out your baptismal faith in all your relationships. Understanding conflict and the benefits of practising confession and forgiveness will encourage and equip you to bring blessing to your marriage, family, church and community.
Serving People in Conflict workshops
Serving others working through personal or professional conflict requires God’s wisdom and strength. This workshop provides training tailored to equip you with practical skills so that you can walk alongside people working through conflict.
Biblical training for leaders
All Christians are called to a lifestyle of biblical peacemaking, but some are called to also lead a congregation/community and cultivate Biblical Reconciliation within their community. This training serves church and school leaders as they lead people though decisions to reach a God-pleasing, mutually agreeable solution. Consider organising P.A.U.S.E. Principle training for your church or community leadership team.
We tailor congregational journeys to suit your congregation’s story. We work with pastors and people to provide teaching, resources and support as you grow and embed godly ways of communicating and working together as people of the gospel.
Serving in ‘downstream’ situations
As ‘church serving church’ we also serve by providing biblical reconciliation in situations where people and congregations have been deeply damaged by internal conflict. Specific processes and assisted conversations provide the opportunity for healing of relationships and rebuilding of community with renewed hope in being witnesses of the gospel.