Peacemaking Agreement

It is our earnest desire to be clear in all our communications with you as we seek to serve you through the RMCC Peacemaking Team. Towards that end, this Peacemaking Agreement exists to clarify our services and how we function as a Peacemaking Team. In order to formally access the peacemaking assistance of the Rocky Mountain Community Church Peacemaking Team and/or pastoral staff, you must first read and complete this Peacemaking Agreement.

Biblical Basis-We believe that the Bible provides thorough guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our peacemaking advice is based on scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology or psychiatry. The reconcilers of this church are not trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals, nor should they be expected to follow the methods of such specialists.

Not Professional Advice-Some of our reconcilers work in professional fields outside the church. When serving as reconcilers within this church, however, they do not provide the same kind of professional advice and services that they do when they are hired in their professional capacities. Therefore, if you have significant legal, financial, medical or other technical questions, you should seek advice from an independent professional. Our reconcilers will be happy to cooperate with such advisors and help you to consider their counsel in the light of relevant scriptural principles.

Not Legal Representation-Christian conciliation may be used to resolve legal disputes. Even so, conciliators do not provide people with the kind of legal advice and advocacy they would obtain if they hired a personal attorney. Instead of representing one person against another, reconcilers work with and for all the people in a dispute to help them find a mutually satisfactory agreement. This limitation applies even though a reconciler happens to be a licensed attorney. Therefore, if you are concerned about your legal rights, you should consult with an independent attorney who would be willing to accompany and advise you during the conciliation process.

Our Commitment to Confidentiality-Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process, and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. There are four situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others:

1. When a conciliator is uncertain of how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from a pastor or member, or any other expert regarding particular issues or problems related to a case;
2. When a person attends another church and it is necessary to talk with his or her pastor or elders; this includes situations when a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:22; 24:11; Matthew 18:15-20);
3. When there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene;
4. As otherwise required by law.

Please be assured that our reconcilers strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible. (Please see Rules of Procedure 16, 17, and 23 for more information on confidentiality.)

Your Commitment to Confidentiality-You too must agree not to discuss our communications with people who do not have a necessary interest in the conciliation process. In addition, you must agree to treat all dealings with us in regard to this dispute as settlement negotiations, which means they will be inadmissible in a court of law or for legal discovery. Furthermore, you must agree that you will not try to force any conciliator to divulge any information acquired during conciliation or to testify in any legal proceeding related to this dispute.

Contact via electronic mail (email)-By signing below, you agree that we may contact you at the email address you provided, that you understand that email is not encrypted, but that it is acceptable to you that we send case correspondence to you via email. (If you prefer to not use email correspondence for this case, we will provide you with documentation via U.S. mail. However, there will be additional costs and time delays.)

Resolution of Conflicts-On rare occasions a conflict may develop between a reconciler and a party. In order to make sure that any such conflicts will be resolved in a biblically faithful manner, we require all parties to agree that any dispute that arises with a reconciler or with this church as a result of conflict coaching will be settled by mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries. The parties understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement and expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes.