What is "good" justice?
It's justice that doesn't hurt the body of Christ.
According to Paul, 1 Corinthians 6:1- 7, church leadership responsibility includes a localized mediation plan ready to help families and the broader congregation.
Most pastors do not have mediation training or a plan for family or congregational conflict within their formal training. Sadly, many hurting families head down the path of adversarial court processes, families blow up, children absorb the shock, and single parent households are prolific.
What if training existed for local church leadership to be fully prepared to offer mediation for conflict and had the potential to expand as a ministry outreach to the surrounding hurting community? With Christ as our mediator, we can most certainly model his leadership to families and the rest of the world. Today, training exists to do all of that and mediation training is not hard!
Transformative Family Mediation training is now available and taught with a biblical understanding of the conflict. We offer this training regularly and through Christian post-secondary or Seminary partnerships. The Minnesota State Court Administrator approves our training, so you can be sure we adhere to ethical standards.
Training designed by Pastors for Pastors, Ministry, & Emerging Leaders.
Having mediation tools and the ability to build a mediation team for existing and future church families (and even broader community) will allow pastors/ministry leaders to successfully lead as Paul suggests in 1 Corinthians 6:1-7.
DIGESTING DIFFICULT WORDS FROM PAUL IN 1 CORINTHIANS 6:1- 7
"If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people 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, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned 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 takes another to court—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? " (New International Version Translation)