Ken Sande and Peacemaker Ministries are greatly respected among Christian leaders, especially those who label themselves as “reformed”. Sande’s masterpiece, The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflicts, comes with some high-powered endorsements. Here are just a few from the latest edition (2004) which was reprinted in 2006. To read them all, go to this link.
“The Peacemaker is an indispensable tool for pastors. . . . There is no need for another book on the topic to be written now that this volume exists.” C.J. Mahaney, pastor, Covenant Life Church
“Here is wisdom both biblical and practical. You can tell it was written by a man who has lived out these principles as a lawyer in practice, and as a leader in his church. We are in debt.” Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
“This generation of believers is called to authentic Christian peacemaking and reconciliation. Ken Sande shows the way in The Peacemaker. All pastors and Christian leaders should read this book.” R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Ken has given us a biblical and practical strategy for resolving personal conflict. While the enemy is busy trying to destroy relationships, this book will give you the strength and strategy to make peace.” Mac Brunson, pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas (We wonder if Tom Rich would agree?)
In the six years since this edition was published, we have been able to see the fruit of Ken Sande’s teachings in the lives of his endorsers, particularly C.J. Mahaney and Mac Brunson. If they have been diligently applying Sande’s peacemaking principles, then there is a BIG problem.
Mark Dever’s endorsement highlights our deep concerns about Sande – “You can tell it was written by a man who has lived out these principles as a lawyer in practice…” Why is Dever so indebted to Sande? Do his peacemaking strategies make CHURCH DISCIPLINE (Dever’s hot button issue) much easier to administer?
Al Mohler’s endorsement appears to identify who comprises Sande’s target market in writing The Peacemaker – “All pastors and Christian leaders should read this book.”
“Hey Al, what about the priesthood of ALL believers? Shouldn’t they be reading this important book, too?”
Now you understand our problem with The Peacemaker as well as Ken Sande’s peacemaking effort. While we do not know Sande’s true intentions in writing this book and developing his peacemaking process, it certainly appears that in practice his methodologies favor shepherds over the sheep. Why? Well, where would he be today without all of these Christian leaders who have given him high visibility in the Christian community?
Based on the evidence we have presented in this series, do you believe Peacemaker Ministries is an UNBIASED MEDIATOR? By “connecting the dots”, we believe we have demonstrated that Ken Sande and his organization are BIASED TOWARDS PASTORS AND CHURCH LEADERSHIP. After all, PM developed a kit specifically for PASTORS that C.J. Mahaney bought for the pastors throughout SGM.
Who makes contributions to Peacemakers, hires them, and purchases their resources? Not the church members by and large (although their tithes actually do pay for all of this). By the way, how many average Christians even know about Peacemaker Ministries to contact them? However, it certainly appears that the pastor network has heavily promoted PM as a great pastoral resource.
It’s important to remember that Ken Sande is not a theologian – he’s an attorney! Please don’t misunderstand. We are not at all in favor of frivolous law suits; however, we stand against church leaders who silence the flock through legal maneuvering. Remember this comment we previously posted from a former member of KingsWay?
Moving On-August 19, 2010
“I am a former member of KingsWay. Unassimilated, I think that’s a major reason why a “gag” order would be kept in this situation at KW or in other SGM churches…. Also, at KW the congregation was given papers to sign (little contracts) that basically said you would not gossip or listen to gossip, this after Ken Sande’s ministry on “Peacemaking” came to KW. This was many years after the events that happened to SW. I found myself in situations where to be a real friend and truly care for someone I was going to listen. If that was labeled listening to gossip, then I listened to gossip. Everyone needs somebody that they can talk to about anything and feel safe…. Boy, things sure have been made so complicated in SGM churches.”
Based on this testimony, it appears that Peacemaker Ministries has been hired by KingsWay in the past. And how did PM bring about “PEACE” at KingsWay Community Church? “The congregation was given papers to sign (little contracts) that basically said you would not gossip or listen to gossip.” Sorry, folks, but that’s NOT peacemaking! That’s a GAG ORDER to control the flock!!!
Apparently, Peacemaker Ministries is being used across denominational lines, as this unsolicited comment from TrinityWatcher indicates:
“Hmmm, this is all very interesting information and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story. This is also personally interesting because one of the first church-wide studies we did after Chad Everson came to Trinity (Baptist Church) was… Peacemakers. We have a Peacemaker Team now, who I think are supposed to be helping conflicts between church members (maybe?), but apparently the Team has become an information source for the pastor as to who is complaining about him or policies or staff, etc. It has become a source of consternation for many Trinity members. =( Thanks for exposing all this stuff and connecting the dots for us.”
There is so much more that could be said about how pastors appear to be using Peacemaker Ministries to carry out their own agenda. There certainly seems to be a SYMBIOTIC relationship between pastors and Peacemakers. Based on the evidence we have presented here, we believe Peacemaker Ministries is BIASED towards pastoral leadership.
“Never EVER sign any contract, so called “covenants”, etc these churches give you. Let your yes be yes and your no, no. The horrible deceit I have personally witnessed from mega’s who have used such tools to silence people who later disagree with any point…is directly from satan. If you have signed one, I would suggest writing the church and telling them you are publicly rescinding it. Keep a copy of your letter and send it registered mail. I am deadly serious.”
With the rise in hyper-authoritarianism we have witnessed in recent years, we would strongly urge you to consider what you are being asked to sign.
DISCLAIMER: We are NOT attorneys and we are NOT providing legal advice, but as your sisters in Christ, we want to urge you to exercise EXTREME CAUTION when asked to sign ANYTHING at your church.
Here are our recommendations:
– Do not sign a covenant unless you have investigated all of your legal rights.
– Be very careful when the word “gossip” is used — it could be used to limit conversation.
– Do not assume that Peacemakers or any other organization is neutral.
– Always remember:..the pastor is no less prone to sin than any member of the congregation.
Times they are a changin’ and we fear these changes are NOT in the best interest of the flock, aka “THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS”. Please seek the LORD’S WILL through earnest PRAYER, and may the Holy Spirit ALWAYS be your guide…