Even churches are not immune to problems in the civil legal system. Virtually any issues arising in business disputes may also arise with a church, including land acquisition or condemnation proceedings, disputes regarding the purchase of goods, contracts, lease agreements, and issues that relate to counseling of church members frequently require intervention that should be resolved in a Biblical manner. Mediation is a redemptive and peaceful way for churches, members, and staff to resolve conflict. Our network of Christian mediators specialize in this Biblical model of conflict resolution to help churches reach an amiable solution in a manner consistent with the Word of God.
Mediation is a redemptive and peaceful way for churches, members, and staff to resolve conflict.
Christian Mediation counselors have resolved hundreds of cases for individuals and organizations throughout the country. Combined with our faith, our experience makes us highly qualified to help churches find peace through mediation.
The central theme for Christians is to humbly obey the word of God. When misunderstandings, disagreements, and disputes arise, the Bible calls for us to seek resolution with love and peace in our hearts. In the New Testament, Jesus instructed His disciples to settle their conflicts quickly with the help of their fellow Christians instead of dragging each other through the courts. As much as the Bible has to say about the benefits of mediation, it also warns against the pitfalls of litigation and explains the risk of leaving the decision in the hands of unbelievers in the court.
When misunderstandings, disagreements, and disputes arise, the Bible calls for us to seek resolution with love and peace in our hearts.
Perhaps most importantly, whether dealing with other Christians or with non-Christians, the Bible instructs Christ’s followers to never take their own revenge but instead trust God and overcome evil with good. Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution are Christ-centered and reflect Jesus’ admonition to love one another as we love ourselves.
Read about Biblical support for mediation and how alternative dispute resolution aligns with the teachings and principles of Christ.
Churches involved in complex disputes that might often be resolved through litigation would be wise to try mediation first. Because the Word of God calls all Christians to seek peaceful conflict resolution, there are many other practical benefits of mediation that make it preferable to litigation in almost all situations.
Churches should resolve disputes as quietly as possible and with absolute discretion. Mediation allows church leaders and/or members to work through an issue without the disagreement or misunderstanding becoming a matter of public record. By keeping your dispute private, mediation makes it possible to overcome an issue without involving any members within or outside of the church who do not need to know the particulars of the dispute.
Time and money are valuable resources for churches. That’s why mediation is the ideal form of dispute resolution. Mediation can help disputants reach an agreement in a matter of hours or days, whereas court cases can drag on for months or even years When church resources are being used to settle a dispute, the most responsible thing to do would be to seek resolution in the most efficient and affordable manner possible. That’s what mediation is.
Successful mediation is built on a foundation of communication, empathy, and respect. Mediators help disputing parties understand one another and work towards mutually-agreeable solutions. Compare this to litigation, where the “winner-take-all” mindset often puts incredible stress on relationships that are already strained or broken. Going through mediation can help preserve and, in some cases, strengthen the relationships between church leaders and/or members involved in a dispute.
Seeking a peaceful resolution through mediation, rather than dragging the other party through the court system and putting the decision in the hands of non-believers, can set an incredibly powerful and positive example for members of your church community, as well as for the community at large. For members who are dealing with their own personal conflicts, seeing that mediation can help resolve complex disputes between and among large church organizations may help convince them to seek this more peaceful route themselves.
Contact us to learn more about the benefits of mediation and how it can help you reach a solution as quickly, easily, and affordably as possible.
Mediation is not 100 percent effective in all cases for all churches. Although Christian Mediation counselors will do their best to settle the matter through mediation, there are no guarantees that a solution will be reached. If mediation fails, or if we feel your case is not a good fit for mediation, we will seek resolution through other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
We stress that litigation should only be considered as a last resort after all alternative options have been explored and exhausted. There are simply too many pitfalls of litigation that make it a dangerous route for churches to take in resolving matters that can more easily be resolved through mediation or arbitration.
Christian Mediation works to resolve disputes by pursuing peace through Biblically-supported alternatives to litigation. As a Christian business, our mission is to honor God by promoting peaceful conflict resolution. Christian Mediation has successfully mediated hundreds of cases involving families, businesses, and churches. By applying God’s Word and Christian principles to facilitate peaceful dispute resolution, we spare churches the pain and grief of resolving matters in court.
As a Christian business, our mission is to honor God by promoting peaceful conflict resolution.
If you’re looking for help to resolve a dispute, there are some very good reasons to enlist the help of Christian Mediation:
If you represent a church with a potential legal dispute, contact Christian Mediation. We are happy to discuss your case and explore your options to help you resolve your dispute as quickly as possible. The first step is to contact us online or call our Phoenix headquarters at (602) 340-8400 to schedule your free consultation.