As Christian conciliators, Dave and I agree with all four of the Peacemaker Ministries distinctives. Today, I would like to draw your attention to the second distinctive:
The Responsibility of the Church: We believe that peacemaking is an essential ministry of the local church, not a task reserved for professional mediators or lawyers. Therefore, we encourage Christians to take unresolved conflicts to their church families, which are called by God to restore peace by promoting biblical justice and reconciliation (see Matt. 18:17; 1 Cor. 6:4; Eph. 3:10; Heb. 13:17).
One of the best ways I know to explain this distinctive is to introduce you to a classic article that Dave wrote many years ago (with help from Molly Routson Friesen and Jeff Dodd):
And blessed Sabbath to you,