Christian Conciliation Service, Inc.
The Bay Area Christian Conciliation Service, Inc. (
 "If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?  Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?  Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!  Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!  I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?  But instead, one brother goes to law against another -- and this in front of unbelievers!  The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?  Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers."
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In our effort to assist the Lord's people, we will normally use the following means of helping to resolve conflict. Reconciliation is the overall concept and goal. Some definitions are provided for your assistance:
∑ Conflict Coaching - in which we attempt to help people view the conflict and the "other" party in the light of scripture.
∑ Mediation - in which we attempt to assist the parties to a conflict in arriving at a resolution with which they will voluntarily live (albeit reluctantly!), and
∑ Binding Arbitration - which is our least favored means of helping, as it involves our listening to the evidence presented, dismissing the parties and subsequently issuing a "Decision and Award in Arbitration," which is legally binding and if necessary may be turned into an Order of the Court, should one party or the other refuse to abide by the decision of the arbitrator(s).
While viewed as a ministry of the Church, there is a charge
for services rendered, and a deposit against that fee is required after an
initial thirty minute time of consulting to determine whether or not the
∑ $200 per hour, per "side" for corporations and houses of business. Churches, church organizations and para-church organizations are deemed "corporations."
∑ $100 per hour, per party, in private and domestic matters not involving a corporation or board of directorsí organization.
††††††††††† Normally, if the dispute involves substantial sums of money, or other specifically intricate legal matters, the executive director will appoint a panel of "conciliators," comprised of:
∑ An attorney who is either a member of the Christian Legal Society or known to have a consistent walk of faith in Jesus Christ and an active participant in their local church,
∑ a business or professional person with equivalent qualifications both as a believer in Jesus Christ as well as a wise person with knowledge of the area of dispute to which they have been asked for assistance, and
∑ a pastor, or theologically trained person with a thorough working knowledge of the scriptures as well as some familiarity with the general area of the dispute.
††††††††††† If it is
deemed necessary to "hire" a panel, the respective sides will each be
billed 1/2 the hourly rate that the
††††††††††† For additional information, please read our RULES OF PROCEDURE. Or, you may E-mail our Executive Director, Tim Arensmeier, who has been pursuing Conflict Resolution professionally for over 30 years.
If you wish further information regarding national and international opportunities for training, seminars and opportunities for obtaining speakers, you are invited to visit Peacemaker Ministries which is organized and prayerfully overseen by attorney and friend Ken Sande.
Web posted June 1998
Last updated:† April 27, 2012