“Nonviolent resistance to tyrants, oppressors and brutal invaders is not for fools or cowards. It demands courage and daring of the highest order. It requires discipline, training and a willingness to face death. Are there tough, brave volunteers for that kind of costly, demanding battle? Would the nonviolent troops be available to be trained by the thousands and then tens of thousands to form disciplined Christian Peacemaker Teams ready to walk into the face of danger and death in loving confrontation of injustice and oppression?” – Ron Sider, Nonviolence: The Invincible Weapon, p. 95

The Work of the Corps

Teams of four to 12 persons join the efforts of local peacemakers facing imminent violence by:

Corps Objectives

Christian Peacemaker Corps members are sent to crisis settings with the following objectives:

Christian Peacemaker Corps Membership: Stipend Eligible and Reservist

Qualifications for Corps Members

CPT is committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects diversity in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation. See our Membership Policy.

CPT seeks applicants who are:

Members may also have special skills or significant experience in a particular cross-cultural setting.

Training the Corps

Applicants for CPT’s Stipended Corps (at least half time) and Reserve Corps participate in an intensive, integrated, month-long training course involving action, reflection, and practice of a variety of peacemaking skills. Core modules of the training are as follows:

CPT conducts Peacemaker Corps trainings in January and July/August for groups of 10-15 applicants. Locations for training rotate between Chicago, IL and other regions, and locations are announced annually. Participants are asked to fundraise to cover the month’s room and board and training supplies. Participants are also responsible for their travel to and from the training site.