Becoming a CPTer
Becoming a CPTer
Contact CPT's Personnel Coordinator if you are interested in serving as a Peacemaker Corps member, most terms are three years, either stipend eligible (full and part time) or as a Reservist (2-16 weeks a year).
Here are the necessary steps. You must complete a delegation before your application will be considered for training:
- DELEGATION: Join a CPT Delegation. Submit a "Short-Term Delegation Application" to CPT's Delegation Coordinator in the Chicago office, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. No special training is required for participation in a short-term delegation.
- APPLICATION: Submit a completed "Peacemaker Corps Application" to CPT's Personnel Coordinator via email: email@example.com or mail to the Chicago office. Application forms are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are interviewed and references contacted.
- TRAINING: Upon successful completion of a delegation, interview and reference check, applicants will be invited to participate in CPT's intensive training program. Training is a continuation of the application process. Mutual discernment between CPT and the trainee regarding acceptance into the Peacemaker Corps occurs at the end of the training period. Participants are asked to contribute $750 to cover the month's room and board and training supplies. Participants are also responsible for their travel to and from the training site.
Christian Peacemaker Corps: Stipend Eligible and Reservist
- Stipend Eligible: Full-time Corps members commit initially to a three-year term of service on CPT projects when serving on the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan, Aboriginal Justice, and Colombia Projects; and a two-year term of service when serving on the CPT Palestine project. Part-Time Corps members commit initially to a three-year term of service when serving on any CPT Project. For a list of current stipended openings click here.
- Full-time is a minimum average of nine months a year on a CPT project. This time might be split up in 3-6 month chunks depending on the particular CPT project.
- Part-time is a minimum of 4.5 months per year in a CPT project. This can also be split into two service periods on-project. When not serving on-project, stipend eligible CPTers live in their home communities participating in advocacy, fundraising and personal time-off.
- Reserve Corps: The Reserve Corps members reinforce the work of every Christian Peacemaker team by providing a larger pool of trained peacemakers who commit to working with CPT (2 to 16 weeks each year) for three years.
The Work of the Corps
Teams of 2 to 12 persons join the efforts of local peacemakers facing imminent violence by:
- Providing a nonviolent presence with individuals or communities who are threatened
- Physically intervening to prevent violence
- Reporting on human rights abuses
- Planning and carrying out creative, nonviolent public responses to injustice
- Training others in nonviolent direct action
- Speaking and writing to media, interested groups, congregations, and organizations
Qualifications for Corps Members
CPT is committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation. See our Membership Policy.
CPT seeks applicants who are:
- at least 21 years of age
- committed to the nonviolent community of Christ or to another faith/spirituality, and seeking Godâ€™s will in their work, worship, and decision-making
- dedicated to peacemaking
- experienced in nonviolent direct action
- adequately free from responsibilities in order to move into life-threatening situations on short notice
- willing to commit to three years of service
Members may also have special skills or significant experience in a particular cross-cultural setting.
Peacemaker Corps Objectives
Christian Peacemaker Corps members are sent to crisis settings with the following objectives:
- To promote lasting peace by giving skilled, courageous support to peacemakers working in situations of conflict
- To inspire people and governments to discard violence in favor of nonviolent action as a means of settling differences
- To provide churches and communities with first-hand information and resources for responding to situations of conflict, and to urge their active involvement
- To interpret a nonviolent perspective to the media and broader society
Training the Corps
Applicants for CPTâ€™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.
- Biblical Basis for Nonviolence
- Spirituality and Faith for Peacemaking
- Public Witness and Nonviolent Direct Action
- Negotiation & Conflict Transformation Skills
- Ministry of Presence
- Cross-cultural Work and Undoing Racism
- Working in Teams
- Organizing and Communication Skills
CPT conducts Peacemaker Corps trainings in January and July/August for groups of 10-15 applicants in Chicago, IL, USA. Regional trainings are arranged when 10-15 people from an area are ready to join the Reserve Corps. 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.
Supporting the Corps
It costs about $20,000 (U.S.) per year to support a member of the Christian Peacemaker Corps. One half of this cost is allocated as subsistence support for Christian Peacemaker Corps members. The other half covers travel expenses and a portion of program costs. By comparison, the U.S. military spends over $140,000 per year to maintain each soldier in combat readiness.
CPT operates on the generous contributions of many committed supporters. Reserve corps members are expected to raise the costs of their participation. Full-time corps members receive a subsistence living stipend based on need, and are also expected to solicit support during their home leave periods.
Support team members work with Corps members in developing a local support community to undergird Corps members through prayer, personal encouragement, and by assisting with media work and raising funds. Involving others in this effort broadens the base of awareness and commitment to CPTâ€™s ministry.
The Challenge of Peacemaking
"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)
For more information:
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Kryss Chupp, Personnel Coordinator