Conflict Ministry Process & Principles

Mediation process

  • Separate people from problem—where parties are stuck
  • Focus on interests, not positions
  • Invent multiple options to find mutual gains
  • Prioritize outcomes
  • Establish criteria and standards for moving forward in personal development, relationships, and leadership

Expectations & guiding principles

  • Invite Christ’s presence, grace, and healing into the mediation
  • Acknowledge each party’s role in the conflict
  • Consent to understand each other and reconcile
  • Commit to interior and external change
  • Find a new way forward together, including interpersonal effectiveness and professional leadership

Mediation timetable

  • Initial one-on-one meeting with mediator and each party, preferably same day
  • Assessment time: Private planning time for mediator: 1-2 hours
  • Meeting between both parties: Estimate 2 – 4 hours
  • Dates to be determined by mediator and parties
  • Gateways Pastoral Resources will mediate, coach, and provide resources through the satisfactory outcome of resolving conflicts reconciling and achieving peace.