Title (English) 제목 (영문)

A Study on the Conflict Transformation of the Korean Missionaries through Spirituality of Reconciliation: with Special Reference to the Rodem Missionary Care Ministry

Author (Korean) 저자 (한글)

선기 박

Author (English) 저자 (영문)

Suhn Ki Park

Publication Date 발행일


Abstract 초록

There have always been conflicts between Korean missionaries. Missionaries are often not able to cope with and address conflicts in an appropriate manner, which leads to chronic issues. This study aims to develop a strategy to transform conflicts through the spirituality of reconciliation, to apply this strategy to Rodem Missionary Care (RMC) ministry, and to help Korean missionaries to transform their conflicts.

I raised three questions for this study. First, what is the theoretical basis of conflict transformation and spirituality of reconciliation? Second, what are Korean missionaries’ understandings of conflict transformation and the spirituality of reconciliation? Third, what strategies might transform the conflicts of Korean missionaries?

Regarding the first question, I found that conflict transformation must begin with a change in the perspective on conflict. Conflict transformation is a process of transforming the negative energy of conflict into positive energy. This is done by focusing on long-term changes and not necessarily focusing on ending the immediate problem. Also, the spirituality of reconciliation is a way of transforming conflict, and is essential to one’s spiritual relationship with God, one’s psychological relationship with oneself, and in social relations with others. These relationships are inseparable and interconnected with one another. I also learned that the journey toward reconciliation is composed of the elements of truth, mercy, justice, and peace.

Based on my field research on the second question, I found that most conflict among Korean missionaries involved conflict with their seniors, and most missionaries demonstrated avoidant conflict perspectives and coping styles. Often, they even suppressed opinions, emotions, and reactions within themselves and hid the existence of conflict from others. However, through self-examination, missionaries are able to build self-awareness, which, as a result, increases their capability of understanding others. However, these changes have remained in the cognitive domains. Missionaries tend to seek mercy and peace but struggle with telling their truths and seeking justice. This problem arises due to the lack of proper understanding of reconciliation.

Answering the third question, I prepared two strategic designs for RMC ministries. The first step is to conduct a conflict transformation education seminar for the missionaries to transform their perspectives on conflict. The second step is to achieve conflict transformation through the spirituality of reconciliation by offering a Journey Toward Reconciliation Program. These designs would help not only RMC missionaries but also all Korean missionaries to change conflict avoidant attitudes and to create a friendly environment where they actively reconcile their conflicts.

Mentor: Kyung Lan Suh, Ph.D.

Degree Name 학위명

Doctor of Missiology (DMiss)

First Advisor (Korean) 지도 교수 (한글)


First Advisor (English) 지도 교수 (영문)

Kyung Lan Suh

Date Uploaded 제출일


Document Type 문서 종류


Language of Document 논문 언어

Korean (한국어)

Comments 기타사항

Text in Korean with an abstract in English. Material is subject to copyright.