Methodist Church: Way of Peace

An exciting new phase of our partnership with the Methodist Church in Britain, the Way of Peace, sees us working together to release the spirit of conflict transformation and the ministry of reconciliation across the Church. 

Bringing together the Reconciliation and Mediation Team and Positive Working Together, we seek to attentively accompany people where they are to support, empower and enable them on their journey towards participating fully in the ministry of reconciliation. 


Reconciliation and Mediation Team

What is it?

  • The phased roll-out of this service across the Methodist Church will begin in September 2024.
  • We offer support from a team of accredited practitioners, trained as mediators and facilitators with understanding and experience of the Methodist Church
  • The service is independent of the Connexional Complaints and Discipline process and can be used whether or not an informal complaint has been made

Who is it for?

  • The service is currently available in the following Districts: Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire; Bolton and Rochdale; Cumbria; Chester and Stoke; East Anglia; Isle of Man; Lancashire; Liverpool; Lincolnshire; London; Manchester and Stockport; Northampton; Nottingham and Derby
  • Anyone in leadership in the Methodist Connexion can ask for support by getting in touch with us e.g., a Circuit Stewart, Circuit Superintendent, Presbyter, Deacon, District Chair
  • Work in these Districts is fully funded and there will be no cost to your congregation, Circuit or District
  • Requests for support following a Connexional Complaints Panel or DARS recommendation will be accepted from any District at no cost from September 2024. 
  • Find out about other practicalities

What does it offer? 

  • We can help to navigate disagreement or conflict in your community between individuals or groups of people
  • Support for your church group to have a difficult conversation 
  • Resource for a District Reconciliation Group or Local Complaints Officer during the informal complaints section of the Standing Orders
  • Find out more in the facilitated conversations and help in a crisis sections

How do I get in touch?

Meet the team


Join the team

Positive Working Together

Offered in partnership with the Learning Network, Positive Working Together equips and enables people to navigate conflict well through training courses and other learning opportunities. Find out more about what’s available by following the link

Bespoke learning opportunities are also available, so do please get in touch with us or your Learning Officer if you’d like to discuss something specifically for your congregation, group, circuit, or District.

Place for Hope is pleased to be working alongside Richard Armiger, Director of Regional Learning and Development, who is leading this work for the Methodist Connexion.


“My hope is that this project will enable us to discover new opportunities for positive working together as we seek to enable our church communities and the communities we serve to be places where people can truly flourish in all their diversity.” — Richard Armiger

Related Articles

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To Repair with God

An article by Nancy Adams, featured in ‘Inspires’ exploring the art of reconciliation and the dynamic of conflict.

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Place for Hope: The Need for Reconcilers

An article by Hugh Donald, featured in ‘The Edge’, discussing the call to reconciliation and the journey of Place for Hope

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