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Christian Conciliation

Christian conciliation is a process for reconciling people and resolving disputes out of court in a biblical manner. The process is conciliatory rather than adversarial in nature--that is, it encourages honest communication and reasonable cooperation rather than unnecessary contention and advocacy.

Christian conciliation may involve two steps. Initially, one or both parties may receive individual counseling/coaching on how to resolve a dispute personally and privately using biblical principles. If private efforts are unsuccessful, the parties may submit their dispute for mediation, a process in which one or more mediators meet with them to promote constructive dialogue and encourage a voluntary settlement of their differences.

The term "conciliator" is used to describe someone who is serving as either a conflict coach, or mediator.

Adapted from Guidelines for Christian Conciliation ver 4.5 (03/05), Peacemaker Ministries, Inc., at