And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Life in a fallen world leads to complex interpersonal problems for everyone, including Christians. Divorces and separations, care of aging parents, asset divisions, disputes in relationships at work, community, and with children are examples of the emotionally complex matters that Christian mediators can help you solve while keeping tender relationships intact. Christian business owners often find themselves in complex business or legal situations requiring professional help. Christians are called to resolve disputes in line with Biblical teachings. Even though a Christian business may seem to be no different than any other business because of the problems it faces, it is the way that the Christian-owned business goes about resolving problems that sets it apart. Conflict is part of our human existence, and even churches are not immune to legal problems.
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Sometimes, a conflict between parties has been ongoing for such a length of time or has escalated to such a point that private resolution between the two parties is not possible. In these circumstances, Christian mediation may help the parties deal with the issues and reach some healthy conclusion. Mediation involves an independent third party facilitating the resolution of the dispute between the parties. This covers both the material and relational issues that are involved.
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The Handbook for Christian Conciliation provides a detailed description of the conciliation process, including:. This combination of skills gives them the ability to provide an array of ministry services. They are equipped to provide biblically grounded conflict coaching, mediation and binding arbitration for church, ministry, organizational, business, legal, leadership, family and marital conflict. As they work with conflicted groups, they mentor the leaders in conflict coaching so they can continue leading their organizations toward genuine reconciliation. They help organizations build their own in-house conciliation teams by identifying and training members who can serve the organization as conflict coaches, mediators and arbitrators, as described in Leading Christians Through Conflict. Requesting Conciliation Assistance If you are a party in a dispute and would like to request a personal interview to learn more about our conciliation services, please complete our Request for Conciliation Assistance form. If you are seeking to reconcile other people who are in a dispute and need guidance on how to serve them as a conflict coach, mediator or arbitrator as described in Leading Christians Through Conflict , please complete the form on our Conciliation Hotline page.
Christian mediation has a foot in two worlds: the peacemaking role of the Church, and the typical legal process for resolving legal disputes short of trial. It can be both spiritually healing and a cost-saving way of approaching problems. Most serious Christians understand that the Bible gives authority to the church in various possible forms to resolve disputes between Christians. Christians still file a lot of lawsuits! Why is this? The cynical answer is that Christians ignore Scriptural commands when it affects their business or personal interests. By far the majority of lawsuits in the secular world resolve, or get settled, before they go to trial. This is often through a mediation process, where a trained mediator meets with the two parties. The mediator hopefully understands something about the law driving the case, and is able to bring parties to a point of agreement. Sometimes this is a purely business transaction, and occasionally there is a degree of healing as well.