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Church leaders are often asked to aid in conflict management and resolution. With this certificate you’ll gain both a deeper understanding of peace and practice in implementing conflict resolution strategies. The specific dynamics of church conflict are covered through explorations of peacemaking ethics, conflict analysis, group dynamics and interpersonal communication, as well as church conflict management.


  • Hands-on experience in mediation and facilitation
  • Cooperative learning with the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary
  • Faculty who specialize in church conflict resolution

Career opportunities

This certificate prepares both church leaders and lay people to be effective peacemakers and conflict managers in the church.

Program director

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Larry Dunn, Ph.D.

Program Director, Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • One current professional reference form
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75
  • Writing sample indicating graduate-level proficiency

Course listing

Required Courses (15 Units)


PACS 700Peacemaking Institute and Mediation2 - 3
PACS 702Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
PACS 708Conflict Analysis3
PACS 752Church Conflict Management and Leadership3
PACS 756Introductory Practicum in Mediation1


Select one of the following

PACS 716Group Dynamics and Processes3
PACS 751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
PACS 758Advanced Mediation3
 Other approved elective