Relationship between the understanding and practice of the Africa Inland Church Nairobi pastors regarding conflict and conflict resolution
Conflict and conflict resolution are at the very center of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each and every human being experiences conflict in their life time. This happens regardless of ones gender, race, ethnicity, or spirituality. The study explored specific contemporary theories in the field of conflict resolution. Additionally, the study highlighted three theological components that a Christian conflict resolver must understand in order to carry out meaningful and constructive conflict resolution. First, all people are created in the image of God and should be treated in a way that will glorify God. Second, sin tarnished the image of God and is the root cause of all conflicts. Third, God initiated a conflict resolution process through Jesus Christ. In addition, the Church of Christ is charged with reconciliation ministry, which is part of conflict resolution or conflict transformation.
Although there are different experts in the field of conflict resolution who can assist individuals in dealing with conflict in constructive ways, in this study the role of Kenyan pastors as conflict resolvers was highlighted. Pastors, as shepherds of God’s people, have a divine mandate to lead the church in resolving conflicts in constructive ways. This qualitative study explored the relationship between the understanding and practice of the Africa Inland Church Nairobi pastors regarding conflict and conflict resolution.
The study indicated that Africa Inland Church pastors serving in Nairobi were fully involved in conflict resolution. Their expertise was found to be informed by informal learning, non-formal learning, formal learning, biblical and theological education.
This study revealed that there are some Kenyan contextual issues that persistently caused conflict among Kenyans. Specifically, preparation for marriage, marriage related issues, infidelity, death and burial are some of the contextual issues. Such issues call for theological educators and pastors to seriously engage in critical contextualization.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
0527: Religious education
0649: Alternative Dispute Resolution