Mediation is a relatively informal and voluntary process in which mediators facilitate communication and negotiation in order to help the parties reach their own agreement. Mediators are as concerned with reconciling the parties by helping them address personal and relational issues as with helping them to settle their substantive differences.
The mediator(s) will offer initial advice and then ask each party for a short written summary of their position. He or she will then usually bring the parties together at a private and informal meeting, listen to what they have to say, refer them to biblical principles where appropriate, help them to consider their own responsibilities as well as their rights and encourage them to seek a just solution. If the parties do not reach an agreement on their own, they may ask the mediator(s) to issue an advisory opinion which is not legally binding but is often accepted by both sides.
Agreements reached through mediation are written down and become legally binding agreements. If mediation is unsuccessful, the parties may decide to terminate the process or they may agree to submit unresolved issues to arbitration.
Mediation/arbitration is a process whereby the parties enter into an agreement at the outset that if mediation is unsuccessful, they will submit any unresolved issues to arbitration.
All mediators aim to assist those in conflict to reach a voluntary settlement. However, Christian mediators also seek to identify the underlying causes of a dispute and assist individuals to examine their motives, attitudes and actions. By evaluating these against the principles recorded in the Bible it is possible to lead people to life-changing solutions.
YES. Resolve can provide you with advice on ways to explore a settlement in private talks with the other party. The Bible teaches that it is only after private efforts have been exhausted that you should consider seeking the assistance of others in resolving a dispute. (See Matthew 18:15-16.)
NO. Although some disputes are properly resolved through compromise, mediators should not encourage the parties to “split the difference” merely to get a matter settled. Christian mediators take justice seriously and they will do all they can to help people live up to their responsibilities, even when doing so may be unpleasant and costly.
Resolve promotes traditional Judaeo-Christian values & principles
which are for the most part central to our common law.
These values & principles promote healthy relationships
& the proper functioning of society.