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Hi, I’m Darnell

Profile Picture of Darnell BarkmanMy name is Darnell Barkman. I’m a pastor, peacebuilder, carpenter and writer. I study scripture, history, and social movements so I can mobilize church leaders to build lasting peace and reconcile broken relationships in every community.

My website is to:

  1. Teach the bible narrative that leads to Jesus. Then mobilize his followers as peacebuilders and who heal and reconcile our home, neighbourhoods, cities and the world.
  2. Teach you how to use conflict analysis tools and skills.
  3. Share the hope I’ve seen from #everydaypeacemakers around the world.
  4. Equip you with energizing spiritual practices that connect you to the creator and his everyday guidance.

I serve leaders like you from around the world – leaders who follow Jesus, peacebuilders and development workers, people who are working to bring healing into a world in pain.

4 Big Questions About the World

All of my experience comes together in something I call Christian Peacebuilding. Christian Peacebuilding is my way of answering 4 questions:

  1. Who is the Creator God and what is he doing in the world? The answer is the vision that motivates us:  The Creator God is alive and reconciling the world.
  2. How do we create a clear picture of reality within confusing and complex personal or international conflicts? The answer is understanding the context. We study and use tools to understand the stories behind conflict and violence in homes and around the world.
  3. Why should we have hope? Is there even any hope? The answer comes from hearing, seeing and telling the stories of divine interruptions in our world: The real life stories that showcase how God is breathing new life into the world.
  4. How can we sustain an #everydaypeacemaking life when it means living in tension between pain and hope all the time? The answer is developing and practicing your own form of energising spirituality. These are personal and community practices & rituals that energize and sustain us on the journey.

I tell these stories for the same reason the early church wrote the New Testament. They are a counter narrative to the suffering of the world. I share what I’ve learned in my successes and in painfully unsuccessful efforts around the world.

If you want, I can email fresh writing to you every week. I send out an email newsletter (sign up here) every Friday (Manila Time). If this is your first time here, start reading here by reading my backstory.

My Mission

The core of my work is a simple question: Does the Creator God love the world enough to heal it?
The first way I try to answer that is compare the problems of the world, and my own experience, against Jesus Christ who shows us exactly what God looks like. I believe, with Jesus early followers, that Jesus is the face of God. YES he has acted in history to bring healing to all of creation! He has also shown us how he brings healing, reconciliation and justice into our daily lives.
I ask questions about the fundamental story that defines us?Who is the primary community that shapes our identity? What daily practices inform and shape our common identity? How do true leaders embrace the world with strategic love to transform them, their neighbours and our communities?
The second way, I answering that question is by applying lessons from bible stories, community building, peacebuilding and development theory and the stories of important leaders in our lives. How do these lessons shape our identity and actions today? How do they lead to the healing embrace of the Creator (up)? A healed and confident self-identity(in)? Embracing our neighbours again (Out)? And embracing all the creation around us (down/all around)? These four directions define biblical peace the goal of Creator, creation whole and flourishing.
My ultimate goal is to answer a question at the core of being human: What is life about? What does Jesus Christ show us about becoming communities and leaders who follow Jesus by healing our worldHope is the thing we all need most. Paul wrote that following Jesus Christ is all about faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. Love is an action, connected to justice. But that conversation is for another post.
I hope – if I answer these questions in a modest way – my work will bring you to the peace of Jesus, lead you to healing from personal pain and give you practical skills to bring healing into the worlds you influence.

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The people who practice Christian Peacebuilding are men, women, activists, millennials, people rediscovering Jesus message, seniors leading in their neighbourhoods, community development workers, artists, corporate leaders and team members and many other passionate people who are bold enough to be restless. Their restlessness motivates them to work towards healing and reconciliation today with the spirit of God.
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