PeaceSmart Relationships (3 credits)
Instructor: Brian De Cook
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:18)
Overview: This course equips students to bring biblical peace culture to every relationship and situation. You will learn to pursue God's purposes in situations of conflict rather than reacting in harmful ways. You will learn to depend on God's presence and reconciling power to be a peacemaker, applying PeaceSmart principles in families, organizations, and evangelism.
This course is increasingly important for those in ministry or those who are pursuing enterprise-related activities. Professor Brian De Cook practiced law for over 25 years. In this practice, he saw how many families, churches, and businesses suffered greatly because of conflict. This in-depth course will help you thrive in your bi-vocational or vocational calling!
- Discern and pursue God’s purpose in situations of conflict.
- Discern and avoid harmful reactions to conflict.
- Understand and use God’s reconciling power through loving confrontation, confession, and forgiveness.
- Seek God’s presence in conflict through humility, faith, love, and sacrifice.
- Learn to apply PeaceSmart principles in families, organizations, and evangelism.
- Read all online reading materials.
- Watch online video lectures for each unit.
- Take the online quiz for each unit. You will have 75 minutes to answer 20 multiple-choice questions for each quiz. Once a quiz starts, you must finish it and can't retake it. So be ready ahead of time. Each quiz covers readings and video lectures for that unit. While taking the quiz, you may use your notes and refer to articles and other materials. Tip: First, answer all the questions you know. Then try to look up answers to questions you don't know. When you have entered an answer for every question, submit the quiz for grading before the 75-minute limit.
A 95-100% A- 90-94% B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59%
Your average for the course must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the class and will receive no credit.
Deadline: You have 180 days to finish the course. Complete all assignments before the final deadline, or you will be automatically unenrolled, and all coursework will be removed. You will have to start over and take the class again to receive credit.
Course Forum: Each course forum is at the beginning of the course, right before the first-course content section, and has comments and questions from other students in the class. The forum is a great way to post a question or comment for other students who are currently enrolled in the course to see. Additionally, you can search the forum to see if anyone in the past has addressed or discussed the issue, question, or comment you wanted to post about.
Note: This course was formerly called "PeaceSmart Relationships 101."
Day 1 - 10 Two Fires of Conflict - Laying the Foundation for PeaceSmart Relationships
Day 11 - 20 Pursuing God's Purpose Changes Your Priorities
Day 21 - 30 Pursuing God's Purpose Changes Your Priorities
Day 31 - 40 Pursuing God's Purpose Changes Your Priorities
Day 41 - 50 Using God's Power Changes Your Possibilities
Day 51 - 60 Using God's Power Changes Your Possibilities
Day 61 - 70 Using God's Power Changes Your Possibilities
Day 71 - 80 Seeking God's Presence Changes Your Perspective
Day 81 - 90 PeaceSmart Marriage Relationships and Parenting
Day 91 - 100 PeaceSmart for Organizational Leaders
Day 101 - 110 PeaceSmart Evangelism
Day 111 - 120 Keeping A PeaceSmart Focus
Day 121 - 150
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Day 151 - 180
Read the Inspiring Testimony of this Fellow Christian Leaders Institute Student:
She found the beauty in being "gracefully broken"!
CLI student Annabelle Ortiz
"I have endured many hardships and allowed the enemy to succeed in his attacks, but God's grace and mercy always rescued and sustained me. I began going to church in Rhode Island where I was able to understand I have a calling and a purpose. I asked for a mentor and began serving in my calling as an outreach leader and server to our community. My purpose was presenting Jesus to those who are forgotten, such as the homeless, abused, and those from broken homes. I started "Alcance 911 "(Outreach Evangelist Ministry) through my church. It impacted many lives and God gave me this place where He wanted me to serve.
I then had a downfall health-wise and emotionally. I found myself in a spiritual warfare. I married an elder from the church that became my abuser. You can imagine the betrayal and confusion I felt. However, God has used this experience to equip me, strengthen me, and teach me discernment. He taught me that I must really seek His truth and choose to want to walk in righteousness and address the issues that separate us from His light. I then decided to educate myself spiritually and heal before I could be a leader within my calling.
I came to Christian Leaders Institute while asking God to show me how to grow in my walk. I started searching the internet and found CLI. I read it's mission and purpose and understood that this was of God. Seeing that I could not afford to pay for school and still have complications from my tumor removal and being homeless, I embraced the challenge and promised myself to get started. Christian Leaders Institute has given me the opportunity to grow spiritually and have a better understanding of how to reach my spiritual dream to become a Christian counselor, motivational speaker, author, and outreach server.
My goal is to write books on how to be "gracefully broken" in the struggles and the conflict. I want to write and publish books about God's grace and mercy. I also want to open a safe haven building for broken souls; a place where one can inject hope and restoration. A place to receive a breakthrough in order to have an opportunity to become who they were created to be!"
Please keep Annabelle in your prayers!
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